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    Default Fall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

    Spotify online listen
    3.5 of 5.0 by allmusic

    6th studio album
    should not have surprised me this came in at #1
    as their last 2 have done the same
    nothing on here stood out for me

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    Fall Out Boy rose to the forefront of emo pop in the mid-2000s, selling more than four million albums thanks to the band's tabloid-grabbing bassist, able-voiced frontman,
    and handful of Top 40 hits. The group's four members first came together in suburban Wilmette, a bedroom community 14 miles north of Chicago, around 2001.
    Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz, drummer Andrew Hurley, and guitarist Joe Trohman had all taken part in various bands connected to
    Chicago's underground hardcore scene. Most notably, Hurley drummed for Racetraitor, the furiously political metalcore outfit whose brief output was both a rallying point
    and sticking point within the hardcore community. As Fall Out Boy, the quartet used the unbridled intensity of hardcore as a foundation for melody-drenched pop-punk,
    with a heavy debt to the emo scene. They debuted with a self-released demo in 2001, following it up in May 2002 with a split LP (issued on the Uprising label) that also
    featured Project Rocket, for which Hurley also drummed. The band remained with the label for the release of a mini-LP, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girl, but a
    bidding war of sorts was already in full swing.

    Fall Out Boy eventually signed a deal with Fueled by Ramen, the Florida-based label co-owned by Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello, but also received an
    advance from Island Records to record a proper debut album. The advance came with a right of first refusal for Island on Fall Out Boy's next album, but it also financed
    the recording of Take This to Your Grave, which occurred at Butch Vig's Smart Studios compound in Madison, Wisconsin, with producer Sean O'Keefe (Lucky Boys
    Confusion, Motion City Soundtrack) at the helm. Take This to Your Grave appeared in May 2003, and Fall Out Boy earned positive reviews for subsequent gigs at South
    by Southwest and various tour appearances. Their breakout album, the ambitious From Under the Cork Tree, followed in spring 2005, quickly reaching the Top Ten of
    Billboard's album chart and spawning two Top Ten hits with "Sugar We're Going Down" and the furiously upbeat "Dance, Dance." The album went double platinum and
    earned the musicians a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

    Fall Out Boy's underground star status -- driven by the especially extroverted Wentz, who also gained exposure with his clothing line, his Decaydance record label (an
    imprint of Fueled by Ramen), and eventually a celebrity relationship with Ashlee Simpson -- had boiled over into the mainstream. They toured extensively, supporting the
    album with international tours, arena shows, TRL visits, late-night television gigs, and music award shows. Without taking a break, the guys then hunkered down to work
    on their follow-up record with From Under the Cork Tree producer Neil Avron (and, somewhat surprisingly, Babyface). Infinity on High, whose title was taken from a line in
    one of Van Gogh's personal letters, appeared in early February 2007, spearheaded by the hit single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." The album continued Fall
    Out Boy's streak, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and going platinum one month later. Released in early 2008, the CD/DVD package Live in Phoenix
    documented the band's strength as a flashy live act, while the full-length studio effort Folie Deux followed later that year.

    Recording sessions for Folie Deux were tough, prompting the band to take an open-ended hiatus soon after the album's release. Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley joined
    a new band, Damned Things, during the interim, while Wentz teamed up with a new vocalist, Bebe Rexha, to form Black Cards. Stump took the opportunity to launch a
    solo career, ditching his band's emo pop music in favor of a more electronic, R&B-influenced sound.

    Stump released his debut solo album Soul Punk in 2011 and, despite some positive reviews, the album didn't catch fire. Pete Wentz spent time with a new band called
    Black Cards, but that also didn't really go anywhere, and it wasn't long before rumors of a Fall Out Boy reunion began to swirl. In February 2013, the band confirmed that
    the rumors were true: they had reunited for a new album called Save Rock and Roll and an accompanying tour. Preceded by the single "My Songs Know What You Did
    in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)," Save Rock and Roll was released in April of 2013 and promptly debuted at number one on the U.S. charts. The band kept busy as well
    during the subsequent year, creating a video for each song on the album, recording the punk-inspired EP Pax-Am Days (with production from Ryan Adams), and
    headlining tours that reached America, Europe, and Australia.

    In late 2014, Fall Out Boy premiered a new single, "Centuries," the first glimpse of their sixth album, 2015's American Beauty/American Psycho. Produced in part by J.R.
    Rotem and SebastiAn, it combined Fall Out Boy's core punk-pop sound with elements of electronica, R&B, and hip-hop.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Returning to full-time status after the resurrection of 2013's Save Rock & Roll, Fall Out Boy quickly bashed out American Beauty/American Psycho, their sixth record and
    an album that definitively grapples with a host of percolating pop trends of the 2010s. Ever since they began to have hits in 2006, Fall Out Boy have taken great efforts to
    incorporate whatever was happening on the charts, an inclination that isn't quite as necessary in the great digital disassociation of the 2010s, yet this inclination does
    give American Beauty/American Psycho a bit of a kinetic kick. It also gives it a slight air of desperation, evident on the ham fisted "Immortals," a track that first appeared
    in the Disney animated film Big Hero 6, and it does indeed bear traces of being stitched together to appeal to a broad audience. The rest of AB/AP is quirkier, a record
    built on the detritus of the last four decades of consumer culture. Songs are anchored on samples of Suzanne Vega ("Centuries") or, better still, a bizarre appropriation
    of The Munsters theme (the wild, careening "Uma Thurman," where the Halloween surfer-swing attempts to replicate the sexy menace of Pulp Fiction), but these are
    essentially accents on a record that fully incorporates Pete Wentz's rock & roll savior aspirations with Patrick Stump's eager, earnest soul. This collaboration comes in
    the form of the slow-burning "The Kids Aren't Alright" (its whistled hook being a slyer nod to Peter Bjorn & John than the title's allusion to the Who) and the full-on,
    spangled disco-rock of "Novocaine" and "American Beauty/American Psycho" -- tracks whose imagination indicates that Fall Out Boy are able to harness their
    ambitions and accentuate their ideas as they start to creep toward middle age.

    2 singles have already been posted elsewhere
    so I'll go with this one
    the whistle is annoying:

    Track Listing

    1. Irresistible
    2. American Beauty/American Psycho
    3. Centuries
    4. The Kids Aren't Alright
    5. Uma Thurman
    6. Jet Pack Blues
    7. Novocaine
    8. Fourth of July
    9. Favorite Record
    10. Immortals
    11. Twin Skeletons (Hotel in NYC)
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    One of the most entertaining newer bands in my opinion! They have high energy with good melodic songs and show it when it counts the most! They remind me of Green Day, another exciting live band !



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    The only problem (and it would take me to think of it) is an unfortunate initialization of their name--F.O.B, as in "'I'll fob you off" *. Wait 3-5 years to see where their abundant talent takes them--individually or grouped. Guaranteed to be a journey.

    * That freight marking "Free on Board" might also suffice.
    A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
    What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR

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    OK I had my fun; now presenting a short NYTimes interview about the new album's name, use of a DJ and a rapper, etc.:
    A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
    What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR

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