How “irresistible” is Fall Out Boy’s newest album?

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It’s been nearly 15 years since Fall Out Boy first hit the music industry. The band, known for blending pop and punk into its songs, decided to experiment in its latest sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho.

The cover of Fall Out Boy's latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho. Licensed under Fair use via

The cover of Fall Out Boy’s latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho. Licensed under Fair use via

The band also experimented with different styles in its previous album, Save Rock and Roll. With five albums already under their belt, Fall Out Boy decided to take their latest release a step further, playing around with different ideas while still keeping its signature pop-punk style.

Each song contains a different style from the last, contrary to the common music complaint of, “All the songs in the album sound the same.” Fall Out Boy borrowed music styles and even song styles in their album, like Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner in the beginning of Centuries.

Songs from the album appeared earlier in the media, including Immortals in Big Hero 6, and Centuries in trailers for The Maze Runner.

Centuries, one of the lead singles of the album, debuted last fall. The song became a strong hit with its empowering, encouraging lyrics.

“A lot of people have popularized [Centuries],” said sophomore Mary Andersen. “It has a really good tune and really good lyrics.”

American Beauty/American Psycho, often abbreviated as AB/AP, varies not only in instruments, but pace as well. The song Novocaine, for example, contains a sense of urgency that was absent from some of the other album tracks.

Catchy songs like Centuries and Twin Skeletons (Hotel in NYC) keep Fall Out Boy’s general spirit, while slower and more progressive songs like Jet Pack Blues make the lyrics sound more meaningful.

Junior Hedgie Lim, a fan of Fall Out Boy, said, “I just like how they always have a good beat to their songs. They always try different styles.”

While the album’s wild array of tunes may not be for everyone, those who enjoy a widespread of music genres may be intrigued by American Beauty/American Psycho. The quirky yet compelling array of tracks coupled with its descriptive lyrics leave you eager to listen to more.

American Beauty/American Psycho came out January 20, 2015 in America and is now available on CD, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.