New album remembered for “Centuries”

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Fall Out Boy released their newest album “American Beauty / American Psycho” on Jan. 20, and it was met with excitement from old fans and new fans alike.

However, some have criticized the new album, disappointed in the way it strays from the pure rock genre. It is true the album features less of the open guitar and more electronic sounds. However, the album shouldn’t be compared to previous releases from the band but be judged as a stand-alone. Sure, I want more music similar to “Under the Cork Tree” and their other prior albums, but I also want more music like “American Beauty / American Psycho.” As long as Fall Out Boy is making music, I will be pleased.

The album combines many aspects that I never would have thought to work but somehow come together to create an authentic sound I love. The song “Uma Thurman” samples from the theme songs of old surf TV shows that mix in with piano and the harder edge of the punk vocals to create a song that is unlike any I’ve heard before. My two favorites on the album highlight both differing qualities of the album; “Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel NYC)” focuses on the classic Fall Out Boy sound while “The Kids Aren’t Alright” has more of a pop sound that will appeal to a wider group of people. Lead singer Patrick Stump’s vocals cut through and float over the instrumentals in a way that is both rough and smooth.

The album is a non-stop call to war, with a battle cry of “we will not be forgotten.” Considering how all of the songs have been stuck in my head since the day it was released, I don’t think I’ll be forgetting them any time soon.