Arguably Fall Out Boy is a more popular band now than they were in the 2000s. Now everybody seems like them, where then they used to have annoying fan base of teenage girls. They made decent music then, and they do the same now. It’s nothing that’s over-the-top amazing, but it definitely has some moments of enjoyment as a guilty pleasure or otherwise. Just like their last album, “Save Rock and Roll”, their new album, American Beauty/American Psycho is a solid listen that has more than a few good songs.
The first thing that needs to be said with this album however is the use of all of the samples throughout this album. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard that in a rock record, so the band does get some points for doing something that’s uncommon. Still, I can’t really overlook the irony from a band that just released an album called “Save Rock and Roll” using samples on a follow-up album. Remember when everyone in the rock world gave Puff Daddy (or Diddy or whatever he goes by now) so much crap for resampling everything in the 90s? I guess that’s before everybody was happy to get any kind of income they could get.
With that out of the way, if you like Fall Out Boy, you’ll like this record. The band always sounds great and they have an established way of recording that works well and plays well. Pat Stump’s vocal is as insanely good as ever and the lyrics – while not being great all the time – are damn good most of the time. It’s a solid rock record that uses samples. I’m not sure how else to describe it. I do think that it would be interesting to hear what Pete Wentz and co. could have come up with as far as alternatives for the samples used on “Uma Thurman” and “Centuries.”
Although Fall Out Boy are more mainstream now than they ever were before, they’re still somewhat of a polarizing group for rock and alternative fans. This album will continue that trend. If you’ve never liked the band, this won’t change your mind. If you’ve been a fan, then you’ll continue to be with this record.