Fall Out Boy get bad press from a lot of people. Mostly unfounded. They aren't an emo band, let's get that out of the way. They are more of a glam-rock band. My Chemical Romance are an emo band. Last year's "Infinity on High" was an anthem-packing behemoth. It was hook-laden, instantly memorable song after song. "Folie a Deux", isnt as instantly memorable but there are still some fantastic tracks on here.
The album flows quite well with the arena-rocker "Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes" opening proceedings. The lyrics come across strongly right from the off with the line "Nobody Wants To Hear You Sing ABout Tragedy". The song then leads into the next, the single "I Don't Care" which is a solid hit.
The real gems on the album are the unweildly-titled "Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bet" and "What A Catch, Donnie". The former is a dancey, club anthem in the offing. The second is a grandiose pop ballad with a star-studded sing-along at the end including Elvis Costello.
Its a good album, if not quite up to the standard of the last one. Fall Out Boy are still undeniably catchy rock.
For the iPod Playlist: "Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bet", "What A Catch, Donnie".
Verdict: **** (4/5)