Fall Out Boy falls back into their signature sounds


Aliyah Austin, Reporter

In the ultimate oxymoron, Fall Out Boy’s last album released in April of 2013 Save Rock and Roll was more foo-foo pop than knock-your-socks-off rock.

After a five year hiatus, they released catchy bubblegum songs like “Miss Missing You” and “Young Volcanoes” that strayed from the fiery passion their songs used to embody.

Now, I’m the kind of stuck up person that prides herself on steering clear of any song that sounds like it’d be played on 104.5. That being said, I was just as shocked as anybody when I found myself singing along (more like screeching along) to “Miss Missing You.”

That was when I found that I certainly don’t object to a new kind of Fall Out Boy now and then. But it seemed as if those songs fired shots at every fan that ever described them as a rock band.

As of Jan. 20, 2015, the band officially reclaimed their rightful role as kings of rock with their new album American Beauty/American Psycho. The album includes “Immortals” from the animated film Big Hero 6 and their hit single “Centuries.”

Inventive instrumentals and beats paired with passionate lyrics ignite the long lost magic that was once Fall Out Boy’s signature. Their music once again burns with life and the song “The Kids Aren’t Alright” demonstrates that quite well.

“And it’s our time now if you want it to be/ Maul the world like the carnival bear set free/ And your love is anemic, and I can’t believe/ That you couldn’t see it coming for me.”

They’ve returned to their former selves.

My personal favorites are songs that seem as though they’re hybrids of tunes from both Save Rock and Roll and American Beauty/American Psycho. “Jet Pack Blues,” “Favorite Record” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” are the songs that seemed to  have found the perfect balance.

“Novacaine,” “Twin Skeletons” and “Uma Thurman” are reminiscent of their old work while being entirely original.

Somewhere in between their Folie à Deux and Save Rock and Roll albums they began to fall out of the rock n’ roll world and into alternative oblivion. But with the help of American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy has leapt back in.