S: Before he was impregnating his wife with twins, Jay-Z was featured on a Fall Out Boy song. #topical Real talk, though, I LOVE the heavy drumming in this song, it soothes my soul in the weirdest way. And I promise you every teenaged FOB fan scrawled “LONG LIVE THE CAR CRASH HEARTS” onto a notebook at some point.
J: Perfect way to start this album. The Jay-Z intro, the Patrick wailing incomprehensible words, the pounding of the drums, it's fantastic. It wakes you up and gets you wanting more.
The Take Over, The Breaks Over
S: Speaking of cameos – that Ryan Ross guitar solo made my Panic! at the Disco fangirl heart beat faster (faster). But I absolutely love this song – the clapping and the “flash flash flash photography” line...it’s so boppy and catchy.
J: I feel like I never really gave this song a chance because I don't really love the intro, but it's actually quite good.
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
S: Really, what can I say about this song. Classic FOB, a staple in their live shows, a prime example of Patrick Stump’s ability to slur words together...it’s magnificent.
J: I still get a kick out of this song, perfect for audience participation and I will definitely be screaming "doot doot doot" along with it.
I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me + You)
S: This song is standard FOB: clever wordplay in the lyrics, a slinky bass line, and a ridiculously long title. Always fun to belt out in the most dramatic way possible.
J: I always forget that I love this song. I find that there are often plenty of FOB songs with kinda meh verses but killer choruses and this song is one of them.
S: MY JAM. Easily one of my favourite FOB songs of all time, I love every second of “Hum Hallelujah” and will literally drop everything to sing along to it. Side note: it took me far longer than I care to admit to learn that they sampled Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
J: This is a super fun track, no doubt about it. I won't actively seek it out but if it comes on, I will rock out to it.
S: Slow FOB songs are rarely my favourite, and I’ve never been emotionally attached to this one. Patrick sounds as glorious as he always does, but it just doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s also a bit of letdown because it’s shoved in between two of the album’s highlights (in my opinion).
J: Another example of kind of weak verses but a really great chorus. I quite like this track, despite it's slow tempo amid an album, so far, of bangers.
Thnks fr th Mmrs
S: Gah, that intro still holds up so well after ten years (though admittedly that might be influenced by nostalgia). This is another classic FOB jam, something that gets the crowd moving at shows, and I love the strings in the background, which adds a touch of theatre. Speaking of theatre: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the video and how it a) features a pre-fame Kim K and b) a cross-over with the TAI video for “We’ve Got a Big Mess on Our Hands”.
J: Another massive hit. Fun, full of energy and has withstood the test of time.
Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?
S: I genuinely forgot what this song sounded like, but as soon as it started I remembered all the words. It’s a fine tune, but I think the first half of the album is packed with so many bangers, this one gets sort of lost in the shuffle.
J: The problem with so many FOB songs is that I literally can never remember what any of them are called. I super love this song but I doubt I would know what to search if I wanted to listen to it again.
The (After) Life of the Party
S: Slower, but not as slow as “Golden”, this song is dramatic FOB at their best. When the percussion kicks in after thirty seconds...*kisses fingers* beautiful.
J: This song is great and once again, I forgot what it was called.
The Carpal Tunnel of Love
S: I thought I was so HARDCORE because I liked Pete Wentz’ unclean vocals at the end of this song and my friends didn’t. (I was not, nor will I ever be, as hardcore as I wish I was). It’s super angsty, but so enjoyable. And a great stepping stone for getting into actual metal music!
J: Really not my favourite track (and I'm definitely one of those people who didn't love the screaming at the end). This one's pretty forgettable.
Bang the Doldrums
S: Similar to “Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am”, this is a perfectly good song, and has such intricate instrumentation, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened to it on its own, outside of the album
J: ... I like the pirate yo-hoing in the chorus. That's about it.
S: I’m realizing that I don’t really have strong opinions on the latter half of this album. Again, good song, great lyrics, impressive showings from Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley...but it doesn’t hit me in the feels at all. It’s a head-bopper, though.
J: The album is really starting to drag for me now. It could have been cut in half and I would have been okay with it.
You're Crashing, But You're No Wave
S: I actually thought this was a bonus track until I re-listened to the album for this post. So that’s interesting. Patrick sounds so different at the beginning, and I think that’s Butch Walker providing backing vocals, but it’s sort of meh, to be honest.
J: Patrick's voice is truly beautiful in this because we rarely get him in a lower register but again, another forgettable one.
I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers
S: The best part of this song is the horn section and the pounding piano and Patrick’s soulful voice in the chorus. Otherwise I just barely register it. It’s a good closer because it has energy, but again, I think the first half of the album was a lot stronger.
J: Meh. Weak closer.