Quick Music Review: Fall Out Boy, Folie a Deux
Posted on December 21, 2008 Posted by John Scalzi 8 Comments
The Quick Review: It’s everything I come to Fall Out Boy for, just slightly less, so overall I’ll give it a B-. I find myself noting with a growing alarm that when this generation’s rock bands mature, they get more twee (see as well: The Killers) and I’m not really down with that. That said, FoB is still more clever than stupid, and I’m getting enough of what I want, so I’ll stick around for the next album to see where they’re going with all this.
On the bright side, I’ve learned a new word.
I find that I can buy copies of some past albums very cheap from the Russians. How are Cork Tree, Infinity, Take This To Your Grave?
Isn’t twee what you are before you turn fowa?
I inherited a taste for FOB from my son, who was an early fan even before the last album “Infinity on High” started getting a huge amount of airplay (compared to “From under the Cork Tree” or earlier). I bought Folie a Deux as soon as it came out (I was actually after another CD, but then I saw FaD and snapped that up instead).
I listened to it a few times now, and think its a bit better than IoH, still not as good as “FutCT”. “She’s My Winona” (track 3, although apparently there is a hidden track 1 according to wikipedia) should be the next single. “America’s Suitehearts” – uggh. It’s okay, but I got the limited edition with three different versions of that track so I tired of it pretty quickly.
Getting more twee — yes. Mind you, not as bad as, say, Blink-182’s “Take off your Pants and Jacket”, but some of the tracks seem to have gone into the same “let’s try these other things out”. Nice to see some experimentation with styles, I suppose, but if the next CD has a whole bunch of electronica and reverbed sampling I think I’ll be giving them a miss.
I quite like this single, and not just because Costello shows up on it.
That looks a bit like Pedo Bear. I wonder if that was intentional.
…which one does? The dark brown one is too real, and the golden one is a dude in a suit, also not kuma-y.
Yeah, and you were dead right about the new Killers album. Wow. I’m going to have to lump them in with the Counting Crows — awesome first album, fairly good second album, and I’ll deny the existence of any of their over-produced albums thereafter.
The golden one. I know it’s a dude in a suit, but the big black eyes still remind me of it a little bit.