The Take Over, The Break's Over
What a cool opening lick and it's such a smooth transition back into it from the chorus. While I found the music on the chorus to be slightly formulaic, it comes back to the opening lick so well. I really enjoyed the guitar solo including the march. Incredibly solid track, I've gone back and listened to the album a few times since this review and this track never ceases to amaze me. Vocals are great, the drums are spot on, and the groove is just overwhelmingly cool.
This Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race
I love this song. If you've never heard Fall Out Boy or this song, this is an absolute must listen. It's got such a great feel to it, cool lyrics, awesome instrumentation, and incredible harmonies. It has to be the best track on the album - it's fun, it rocks, it's just so damn good. They bring such a unique sound and perspective to the music scene. Speaking of the music scene, it's not a scene - it's an arms race. Oh, did I just give away the meaning?
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
All in all, I'm pleasantly surprised. They're totally on par with Smash Mouth in terms of being fun music to listen to. Little surprises such as Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' making an appearance kept it interesting. It indisputably rocks but it's also very catchy and poppy. Patrick Stump's distinct vocals should not go unmentioned nor should the rest of the band's vocals and harmonies. The blend (although sometimes hidden) adds a lot of depth and brightness to an otherwise rock sound, creating the soaring vocals that is their signature sound.
Tomorrow's album: James Brown's Live at the Apollo.