Fall Out Boy has done it again! Following their hit release of "Infinity on High" in 2007 they have released an album fondly named "Folie A Duex" (Meaning "Madness in Two" in French) on December 16, 2008. The Album showed promise from the start when their single "I Don't Care" was released, re-igniting the flames that many Fall Out Boy fans felt in their hearts.
I purchased the CD at a Circuit City the day it was released, somewhat unsure what to expect. I had loved the previous album for its innovation in the music scene, but was unsure of how they would measure up to their previous hit. So without further ado, here are a few tracks that really stood out.
1. Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes
Strange title for an opening song, but what else can you expect from Fall Out Boy? It starts out with some organ and Patrick's voice proclaiming "Doc, there's a hole where something was..." and then breaks into heavy drums and guitar. Their lyrics haven't changed much. They're still very much on the witty and poetic side. Halfway through the song it breaks into a heavy drum solo, the band yelling "Detox just to retox!". I thought it was a very clever and ingenious way to introduce an album.
2. I Don't Care
Their hit single, which I had heard before, is next on the list. It starts out with a heavy swing beat and guitar. The song seems almost off-beat, its leaning heavily on two and four, but its catchy, nonetheless. Its definitely something I would've expected to be a Fall Out Boy single.
3. Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet
This song has a very dark sound to it. Its different than what I would've thought them to write. They're still going strong with the swing beat and the lyrics have an interesting back-story when listened to. I'll leave the story up to your own interpretation.
Not sure what the acronym is for, but its definitely something I'd expect them to name a song. They're always quite vague with their titles. This song is filled with decadent harmonies and falsettos. Its light to the ears, and has a very interesting flavor. One line that really stuck out to me was "My Head's in heaven my soles are in hell". At the end its closed with a bluesy acapella sung by Patrick in a low alto tone. I have to say, out of all the tracks, this one is my favorite.
5. West Coast Smoker
Their closing song was very hard-hitting. Its preceeded by a spoken lyric poem from the previous song "5 Dollar Nose Bleed". I've always found they have the most interesting ways to introduce songs, and their albums have always been very well put together. This song is still going strong with the common theme of a swing beat. I've often thought that Fall Out Boy has a very prominent jazz influence in their background, at least on Patrick's side. It definitely shows in this song. The bridge is especially hard hitting the line "I'm a nervous wreck" being screamed by Joe, the guitarist. I thought it a very powerful way to end such a phenomenal album.
All in all, I'd say that this is one of the best albums I've listened to. It has many different flavours of music incooperated and I feel they really went out of their way to do something a little different this time around. It seems with every album they release they evolve and change for the better. I would definately reccommend this album to all my friends, especially if they aren't very familliar with Fall Out Boy.