Sound — 9
This is definently something new from Fall Out Boy. Pete Wentz has changed the way he has written, and the bands overall sound has differed from the underground-punk-rock sound to more of the popular punk rock sound. The songs seem to be focused around the media and it's impression of Fall Out Boy. The sounds of the famous "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" and "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" differ from each other, like so many Fall Out Boy songs seem to, but in a totally different way. Fall Out Boy used to differ their songs the way any punk rock band would, lyrics and key, but now they have the orchestra intro in "Memories" and the more hip-hop sound to "Arms Race". Then there is their opening, "Thriller". Not Micheal Jackson's famous, but a good song that get's little attention from the media. It has all the new sounds of fallout boy packed into one song.
Lyrics — 5
Pete Wentz has changed the way he has written. The lyrics don't seem to have a message hidden behind them, like in "The Pros And Cons Of Breathing", but seem to come almost straight out. The sounds goes great with the lyrics, but that makes it seem to lose some of it's Fall Out Boy-ish sound, the sounds us fans used to love. Patrick Stump has taken out his regualar singing styles and high voice, and have become more of a mids-singer, and has taken on to the more "yelping" style of singing, and his voice has lost it's emo.
Overall Impression — 6
This album is a new beginning for Fall Out Boy, but unfortunately and end to something else, something greater. While there is the good, but over-loved song "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs", songs like "Thriller" get almost no attention. I am almost dissapointed with Fall Out Boy for changing their sound so much. If I lost this CD (which wouldn't matter much with it on my iPod), I would probably go get "From Under The Cork Tree". Sorry guys, but I don't like much of your new stuff.