Review: American Beauty/American Psycho

Fall Out Boy are like a gift that keeps on giving.  Less than two years after their hiatus-ending album Save Rock And Roll hit the shelves, the Chicago rock band have returned with a new sound: American Beauty/American Psycho.

Now, the lead up to this album was a mixed bag for me.  I immediately loved Centuries, and frankly the music video is a work of art.  Whoever it was that came up with the concept for this video, I salute you.

On the other hand, when I first heard the titular track, I was perplexed.  What on earth is Fall Out Boy doing, introducing techno/dance vibes to their music?  Honestly I was missing the guitar solos and riffs from their older albums, but then I remembered that these guys are a band reborn.  I admire them for experimenting with their sound, and after a couple more listens I grew to really like the sound of American Beauty/American Psycho.

The same with Uma Thurman, too; the guitar riff lifted from The Munsters theme song works surprisingly well alongside the up-tempo piano, and their nerdy Pulp Fiction reference made me smile.

Overall, American Beauty/American Psycho is a real feel-good album, and whilst Fall Out Boy purists may be frothing at the mouth about the sudden genre change, I can do nothing but admire a band that never does the same thing twice.

Make sure you pick it up when it’s released tomorrow, but until then, the entire album is available to stream on Fall Out Boy’s YouTube channel.

Highlights: The Kids Aren’t Alright, Immortals, Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel In NYC)


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