Friday, December 19, 2008

Album Review: Fall Out Boy - Folie à Deux (4 / 5)

Fall Out Boy's fifth album, Folie à Deux had some big shoes to fill; following up to last years' Infinity on High, which essentially turned me into a fan of the band. Conjuring up all the ingredients needed to produce the perfect punk-rock album, with a dash of modern pop, which was the result of the haunting but contemporary, "Thanks Fr Th Mmrs" and my favorite song from that album, "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race." Folie à Deux, fends out, Infinity only by inches, as it explores more territories within the punk-rock genre--It's not so captivated like its predecessors.

The opening number, "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes" kicks off with a weepy, vocal and organ composition--before the electronic guitars kick in, followed by the drums. It's a very upbeat start to the album. Whilst the first few seconds see to a more darkening venture, the song does however turn a bit more lighthearted as it runs. The single, "I Don't Care" is an enjoyable pop/rock song--and the best pop/rock song on the album, adopting a brilliant, killer chorus fueled by your typical drums, strings and electronic guitar. This song kinda reminds me off P!nk's "So What."

Getting into more depths of the album; "She's My Winona," shows a bit of pop presence, while still keeping that key rock edge. The verses are fast paced and I'm guessing unintentionally funky. "American Suithearts," kicks off with raging electronic guitar, backed with some cynical handclaps--before dialing up a more breezy composition. The chorus is brilliant, the melodic chant ("lets hear it for America's Suithearts") is undeniably catchy.

"Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bed," is dials up a funky configuration, employing gushes of synth. The song is weirdly two sided--after the electronic guitars and drums do their job, the song surprisingly changes into a piano and vocal disposition. It's really cool. "The (Shipped) Gold Standard," runs with pacing drums and heavy strums of guitar--the first half of the song is not really that different from anything else on the album but the second picks up swiftly with a more distinctive melody and some high pitches vocal work.

(Aside from "I Don't Care") My initial favorite was, "Coffee's For Closers" which pounds with rhythmic handclaps and implements a breezy but compelling chorus; Fall Out Boy sure do well with these brassy type tracks. "What A Catch, Donnie," is the traditional ballad of the album--starting out a piano and vocal composition before the drums and electronic guitar kick in, making the latter more dramatic than it needs to be, but I love it.

"Twenty-Seven," begins with pacing drums and matching it are heavy strums of guitars. I really like the melody in the chorus, which makes up for the somewhat lacking verses. "Tiffany Blews," begins with a vocal and handclap configuration; which is nice but then turns into something not so nice, it seems tired and bland--Maybe it's a grower. "W.A.M.S." is okay, nothing spectacular.

"20 Dollar Nose Bleed," is a nice (somewhat soulful) track. Backed with the typical drums and strings, incorporating some whimsical horns, making the chorus the best on the album, maybe not the best, but certainly my favorite. Closing the album is, "West Coast Smoker" which is really a dance-pop/rock structured ending. I like it, but it's not as good as the other songs that use the same blueprint.

Folie a Deux does explore more sounds within the punk-rock genre and it doesn't sound as Captivated as, Infinity on High but despite what I said before, I think I prefer, Infinity. Folie a Deux, has many good tracks--but at times it does seems as if its sound-hopping, whilst, Infinity picks a sound and sticks with it throughout, only a altering a smidge.

Best: I Don't Care, 2o Dollar Nose Bleed, She's My Winona, Coffee's For Closers, What A Catch, Donnie


Anonymous said...

First Jay-Z now Fall Out, who are you?

J.Mensah said...

LOOL!!!!! The Question is Who Are You Mr. ANONYMOUS ? LOL!

ken said...

I'm super in love with this album. Too bad, I'm too lazy to put up words to make a review of this album. Nice assessment! :) I'd rate it a 3.5/5 though.