Pop-punk legends Fall Out Boy released an eclectic new record on Friday! Check out Shane Haley’s track-by-track guide to M A N I A.
- Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea
For everyone who complains about Fall Out Boy selling out, here’s a cool, fresh take on rock.
“Some princes don’t become kings”
- The Last Of The Real Ones
Jam packed with celestial imagery and a strong beat, I love this love song.
“I wonder if your therapist knows all about me”
- HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T
This song has a strong Mexican influence and isn’t one you can just sit still during — You’ll need to be off your feet, dancing and singing along.
“I took too many hits off this memory / I need to come down”
- Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
Patrick Stump’s voice is angelic in this more melodic track, almost designed specifically for road trips across the midwest with friends.
“There’s nothing more cruel than to be loved by everybody but you”
The harmonies, organ, and bells give this number a dark, melancholy vibe.
“I love the world, but I just don’t love the way it makes me feel”
- Heaven’s Gate
FOB takes a new direction on this track; exploring a slower, more bluesy sound, with a vocal-choir-led bridge.
“I got dreams of my own / But I want to make yours come true”
Another one for older FOB fans, for those who miss the dark and rock Fall Out Boy originally became known for.
“I got nothing but dreams inside”
- Sunshine Riptide
A more groovy, reggae song featuring Burna Boy, a Nigerian reggae dancehall singer.
“I fell in love but I didn’t fall down”
- Young and Menace
Filled with pop culture references(e.g. Kanye, Britney Spears), this is definitely Fall Out Boy’s…. Weirdest song yet.
“We were never supposed to make it half this far”
- Bishop’s Knife Trick
I like this track as the last track for the record, it feels like a sum up of all the previous songs, with aspects of all of them present in one, final song.
“The glow of the cities below lead us back / To the places that we never should have left”
Check Out: “The Last Of The Real Ones,” “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T,” “Church”
Review by Shane Haley