CD of the Month: American Beauty / American Psycho

Savannah Runyon, Staff Writer

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I love Fall Out Boy. Actually, I don’t think “love” is a big enough word for how much I enjoy their music. With this in mind, you can only imagine my excitement when they announced a few months ago that there was an album in the works. After a few singles being released such as Centuries, Immortals, and their album titled track American Beauty / American Psycho, the album was finally released on January 20th.

The album starts with the track Irresistible, which they released on the 5th of January as a teaser for fans. This song sets up the mood for the rest of the album, giving a pop-punk driven sound that’s different from anything they’ve ever done before. This album definitely shows how much the band has grown from a rough punk band from the suburbs of Chicago to luxurious rock stars who have found success in their music.

In my opinion, their best track from this record would (ironically) be Favorite Record. It’s a bittersweet song about a past love to an upbeat tune. It’s a song that you sing in the car on your way to work or when you’re home alone singing in the shower. It gets caught in your head and loops until you’re able to listen to the catchy track again. The lyrics aren’t too complex like the other songs, which is an element the lyric’s writer, Pete Wentz, always brings to the table, but they’re simple enough for you to remember. Though I know a big band wouldn’t take advice from me, I could see this as a single that could make it big on mainstream radio.

American Beauty / American Psycho is a fantastic album. I might be a little biased on this, but I do think anyone who’s willing to open up to different sound they’d enjoy it as much as I did. Fall Out Boy have been around for ten years and counting and never disappoint. They come back better with every album which they definitely prove with this one.

Overall rating: 5/5.