Sound — 10
From distorted guitars to clear crisp vocals, Fall Out Boy has everything needed for the ideal pop punk rock band sound. They resemble a The Starting Line/New Found Glory/MXPX (their newer stuff) sounding band, but have a unique style of their own. Their sound does not exactly replicate that of other pop punk bands, but is more independent and laid back. With 2 fantastic guitarists, one friggin' awesome bass man, and an excellent drummer, the band is set for sound.
Lyrics — 10
If you're a teenager, you'll definitely be able to relate to this album in some way, shape, or form. The lyrics all relate to real life in some way, and talk about the rough spots in friendships (Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash) to tough love (The Pros And Cons Of Breathing). None of their lyrics are clich or unoriginal, but different and meaningful. Patrick (Lead Singer) brings emotion and heart into the songs, bringing out the true meaning of the songs. The riffs all correspond with the song, a perfect example being "The Patrons Saints Of Liars And Fakes" with its moody guitar riffs and angry love/friendship lyrics. Each song has a different subject, making the entire album interesting.
Overall Impression — 10
Fall Out Boy has easily become one of my favorite bands with this album. From its popish punk rock sound to it's meaningful life lyrics, they have all the qualities needed to make a top of the line band. Although they are not entirely big like Yellowcard, MXPX, or New Found Glory, they will definitely be making their way up to a well known rock star status in the near future. All of their songs have a little something for everyone. Favorites would include "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" - dealing with a love that's gone wrong and missing home - and "The Patron Saint Of Liars And Fakes" - either a friendship or love relationship that went down. This album is one of the few where you wouldn't skip a track because you didn't like it. All of these songs are too great to pass up. Fall Out Boy is definitely a band to get caught on.