The riffs are taut, the fuzz is well and truly brought, and it’s a hell …
Fall Out Boy has nothing left to prove.
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Their two-decade-long career has been defined by sold-out shows, millions of streams and adoring fans all over the globe, many of whom have grown up with the band.
Their latest record feels like a love letter to the OGs, who’ve stuck around and screamed their lungs out to Fall Out Boy through all of their creative eras. So Much (For) Stardust is a grandiose, joyful record that holistically champions a sound more in line with 2008’s Folie à Deux than 2018’s MANIA. And with the band returning to the label Fueled By Ramen and once again buddying up with Neal Avron (who produced the iconic 2008 work), we can’t say we’re surprised. That said, LP8 shines because it shows everywhere the band has been and where they’re going next.
So Much (For) Stardust is a grandiose, joyful record that holistically champions a sound more in line with 2008’s Folie à Deux than 2018’s MANIA.
Highlights include the leading single, Love From The Other Side, with its pop-punk stomp and soaring, stadium-ready notes. There’s also the funky dance floor anthem What a Time To Be Alive. And the jaw-dropping Heaven, Iowa – complete with maracas, a gospel choir and (checks notes) a hair metal solo! Heartbreak Feels So Good is also worth giving a spin – particularly if you’re a MANIA-era fan. And lyrically, we can’t go past The Kintsugi Kid (Ten Years), which will have you feeling all the things. So Much (For) Stardust carries the spirit of Fall Out Boy’s older works while still moving the band forward. Ultimately, it is a unique, fresh offering, that proves the quartet are still at the top of their game.
STANDOUT TRACKS: The Kintsugi Kid (Ten Years), Heaven, Iowa, Love From The Other Side
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