In 2013, Fall Out Boy made a triumphant return to music with a new pop sound in the album “Save Rock and Roll.” After two years, including a headlining tour with Paramore and winning “Band of the Year” at the inaugural AltPress Music Awards Show, Fall Out Boy has found the perfect mix of rock ‘n’ roll and pop with its sixth album, “American Beauty/American Psycho,” released Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The album features upbeat, heart-racing songs. This shows that Fall Out Boy has returned with a newfound energy. The title songs of the album, “Uma Thurman” and “Immortals,” which was featured in Pixar’s “Big Hero 6,” give the album a lively sound with fast-paced tempos.
However, “The Kids Aren’t Alright” is a slow ballad that feels out of place when up against the more rock ‘n’ roll songs on this album.
“Novocaine,” “Fourth of July” and “Centuries” are solid performances that emulate the band’s familiar sound.
However, the album suffers in its lyrical content. The lyrics are not bad, but they do not mesh well with the accompanying sound. Songs with emotional lyrics about love, such as “Irresistible” and “Immortals” do not live up to their rock ‘n’ roll musical counterparts.
“American Beauty/American Psycho” finds the perfect balance between similar songs that are different enough to not feel like the audience is listening to the same song over and over again.
Fall Out Boy has come back from a hiatus, releasing two albums that are radically different from its pre-hiatus albums. If anything can stand as a symbol for its own, personal renaissance, it is “American Beauty/American Psycho.”
Editor’s Note: Information from Billboard.com and Musictimes.com was used in this article.