FALL OUT BOY Folie a Deux (Universal)
“Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy”
The reason behind the success of emo punk pop monsters Fall Boy Out is evident enough. A keen awareness of what make pop works. Hooks hooks hooks and more hooks. And dollops of creative plagiarism.
I mean, is that the chord riff from The Who’s Baba O’Riley in Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes? And more classic rock riffage on lead single I Don’t Care. Or how about the vocal intro scat to the cooly titled She’s My Winona (an 80s phenomenon – heh!). And, Beach Boys by way of ELO backing vocals on the blue-eyed soulful America’s Suitehearts.
I think you get the idea. It’s obvious that Fall Out Boy has pulled out all the stops to make Folie a Deux as accessible as possible. Which is not necessarily the act of dumbing down but it does mean the band has somewhat reduced the eccentricities of previous works. Which to me is fine though hardcore fans may find a little disconcerting.
Notable is the epic power pop ballad What A Catch, Donnie (recalling Eric Carmen/Raspberries) featuring a vocal cameo from no less than Elvis Costello. Quite an endorsement. I like!
Ultimately, that’s what I dig about Folie a Deux, its ecleticism and a twisted commitment to classic pop melody. Impressive.
And a word from the concert promoters: – FREE Fall Out Boy CD “Folie a Deux” for every S$98 (free standing) ticket purchase only. Applicable till 23 Dec 2008 only. Redeem your free copy of the Fall Out Boy’s new album, “Folie a Deux” by 26 Dec 2008 at HMV Heeren Only.
Tickets available now at SISTIC.