One of the most controversial bands in punk returns after five years. After saving rock and roll, crossing the line between beauty and psychosis, and painting the town purple, it’s time to shine and shine. Bring on the stardust.
Taking a new stance since 2018 mania, Chicago rockers are back where the guitars are thumping and the dancing becomes moshes. Fans and critics alike were impressed, in many ways, by this lavender-tinged LP and there were wars. But the bridge was rebuilt by the stellar lead single ‘Love From The Other Side’.
Paired with ‘Heartbreak Feel So Good’, it brings that warm, familiar feeling that old-school fans enjoy with a sense of maturity. This was a sound that many would argue Fall Out Boy should have moved to in the late 2010s; but that band has a tendency to zigzag when the rest of their industry wants to zigzag. Like the opening two tracks on the album, it’s just a taste of what’s to come. But this never means that what is expected can be expected.
As for the sounds manipulated and manipulated by the dynamic duo, frontman Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz, there’s still uncharted ground that was investigated within this 13-track tale. With hints of more conventional elements and even hints of indie on tracks like ‘So Good Right Now’ and practicing hiding sad themes in upbeat beats again on ‘What a Time To Be Alive’, there will be division. There will be wishes for the “good old days” and voices shouting once again that they prefer “the old stuff,” but that comes with Fall Out Boy territory at this point.
Ending with the stellar title track, a nearly five-minute fest of a tune, the album will end with questions and racing thoughts. The truth is, there will possibly never be a more confusing band than Fall Out Boy: listeners will like it but don’t know why, or they won’t like it and wonder why, or maybe somewhere in the blurry space in between. In the end, never fear change and never get mad at a musical act that wants to change and stay on their instrumental toes.
So much chaos, so much mix. So much for a simple music style in the 2020s. Welcome to So much (for) stardust.
words for Jo Cosgrove