This is probably one of my favourite albums of the year, but I can see why people may be put off by this.
As soon as you mention Fall out Boy you get screams of "EMO!" shouted at you from every direction, and looks aimed at you that suggest you're someone who only listens to kidpop and can't appreciate "good music".
It may have scared a few people off but luckily i'm willing to try anything, and I'm glad I did. What I found was a very brilliant, very well produced rock album.
I wasn't too sure what to make of FOB from their last album, a couple of catchy good singles and a stable album but nothing to suggest anything exceptional.
This album first came to my attention with the awesome single This ain't a scene, It's an arms race. I brought the album on the strength of the single alone, and what I found was a whole album full of catchy songs all written very well.
The riffs and hooks are superbly done, the drumming is top notch and at times gives it and very danceable quality. the lyrics are once again written somewhere between a nice subtleness and in your face punkness.
The key attribute for me on this album though are the vocals, This guy can sing! He stretches his voice to become a part of the songs and reaches and bends all the keys and notes of the songs with such ease, He easliy becomes another instrument in the writing of the music.
The couple of downbeat slow songs on this album are beautifully sung and would not have worked with a lesser voice.
I would recommend that anyone who likes catchy rock music with an infectious beat try this album, don't worry about what they're labelled. worrying about a label like emo means you could be missing out on so much good music.
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