Folie a Deux Among the many swindles perpetuated by the music biz — payola, hidden ticket fees, Milli Vanilli — one of the biggest has been selling Fall… Folie a Deux Among the many swindles perpetuated by the music biz — payola, hidden ticket fees, Milli Vanilli — one of the biggest has been selling Fall… 2008-12-16 Fall Out Boy Rock
Music Review

Folie a Deux (2008)

Fall Out Boy | Boy Band: (From left) Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump, and Pete Wentz
Boy Band: (From left) Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump, and Pete Wentz
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 16, 2008; Lead Performance: Fall Out Boy; Genre: Rock

Among the many swindles perpetuated by the music biz — payola, hidden ticket fees, Milli Vanilli — one of the biggest has been selling Fall Out Boy as emo, punk, or any other snarling, eyelinered iteration of angry-boys-with-guitars. In truth, a power-pop heart beats beneath those no-day-job tattoos, and their fourth album, Folie á Deux (which loosely translates as ''a madness shared by two''), is testament to that, even if it sometimes flags.

Folie kicks off smartly with the near-perfect radio valentine ''Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes,'' a towering guitar anthem built on wedding-march organs, thundering drums, and singer Patrick Stump's limber vocals. It's a feat quickly followed by stadium fillers ''America's Suitehearts'' and ''I Don’t Care.''

So far, so great. Alas, the band increasingly suffers from Celebrity Meta Syndrome, in which well-known artists end up singing mostly about the problems associated with...being well-known artists. Still, the band's over-the-topness serves them well; Stump makes lines like ''Why why why won't the world revolve around me?'' come off as satire rather than narcissism, and the Elton-esque ''What a Catch, Donnie,'' with its boldface backup crew — Elvis Costello and Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy, among others — is perhaps the most fun legally allowed in a power ballad. (Less wow? Middling cameos by Pharrell Williams and Deborah Harry.) Passionate, splashy, and ambitious, Folie isn't flawless by any stretch, but it's no folly either. B

Download This: Keep checking the band's MySpace to listen to songs from the new album

Originally posted Dec 10, 2008 Published in issue #1026 Dec 19, 2008 Order article reprints
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