Released: January 16, 2015
Fall Out Boy has established a more solid overall rock sound on this album compared to their earlier ones. There seems to be less of the more punk sounding tracks like their old hit “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and an overall sound of pop mixed with rock and roll. It seems like the band has left the pop-punk sound behind and just gone for a more straight forward pop rock sound from start to finish. This makes the album less exciting but aside from that gives it a little more quality in the overall scope of things.
There isn’t anything I would call amazing lyrically on this album but for the most part it is what I have come to expect from this band. The track “American Beauty/American Psycho” is to repetitive and at times almost becomes an annoyance. It is definitely one of the low points of the album. The track “Uma Thurman” is another track that I would say is too repetitive resulting in another track that becomes somewhat of an annoyance. Other than those two tracks the songs are pretty good lyrically. “Centuries” sings of leaving a legacy, “The Kids Aren’t Alright” sings about how kids are taught that they must be winners and stack up rewards rather than just trying their best and knowing that they did all they could. Another track I find to be one of the better ones on the album is “Immortals” which goes back to the theme of leaving a legacy and writing your own story. The rest of the songs on the album are okay but nothing to special.
This album lacks some of the more upbeat tracks that you would find on the bands earlier albums. It has a more overall serious tone to it which differs from past albums. At the end of the day I would say this album makes for a nice addition to this bands legacy but does not have the spark that they produced in the past. Some songs are great while others are easily forgotten which is something I could say is relevant with most of this bands albums. I can’t say they have made an album that is great from beginning to end, there always seems to be one or two tracks that could have been cut out and that is the case with this album. It’s a mix of highs and lows with some great tracks and other not so great tracks.
The Kids Aren’t Alright