Album Review: “Folie A Deux” by Fall Out Boy

What do I think about the last Fall Out Boy album ever released!!

You’re going to find out!! And you’re excited.

– My respect for Patrick Stump somehow grew in leaps and bounds after he got famous, gained a lot of weight and started trying to sing like the Maroon 5 guy.

– I swear to fucking god “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet” is an Andy Partridge impersonation. What else could it be?? That “sniffing bottle glue” line, listen to it again. It is a strange thing to hear, considering I spent most of 2005 hiding in my dorm room devouring XTC records just to get away from bands like Fall Out Boy.

– Or I could just be hearing things. Or I could just be a big fat baby

“What A Catch, Donnie” is an Elton John-styled piano ballad with Elvis Costello chiming in to sing the chorus of “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet” for reasons impossible to understand. It features a Hey Jude-styled fadeout with guest singers from fellow Fueled By Ramen bands wistfully singing the choruses to older Fall Out Boy hits, including “Sugar We’re Goin Down” and “Grand Theft Autumn”. As if they were anthems of a dying generation. Not as strange as Pretty. Odd., but close.

– So, so close.

– They must have known they were breaking up, right?

– My perverse fascination with this record stems from nothing but my perverse fascination with trends in pop music the instant they become outdated. Now that Fall Out Boy have become an artifact, “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” warms the cockles of my heart in a way it never could have when I was 18.

– And college nostalgia. Do I even have to mention that “Sugar We’re Goin Down” became an inescapable hit right when I started college and “What A Catch, Donnie” whimpered onto the radio right when I graduated??

– The answer is “yes.”

– “I Don’t Care” is likely the greatest song this group of men could possibly hope to write. I don’t even mean that in a condescending way! It’s a good one. Compare Stump’s vocals on almost any song on this record to “Sugar We’re Goin Down” and you will see what I am aiming at here.

– “20 Dollar Nose Bleed” is catchy piano horns! What’s with that garbage spoken word outro, fellas.

– I honestly haven’t listened to this album all the way through and I am not going to now, so

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