Well, Sonny Moore was an emo; why shouldn’t the switch-up look just as good on Wentz et al.? And it does, although it’s harder to see anyone except Patrick Stump through the sta-DM crunch. Latter-day FOB albums are primarily an exercise in seeing what Stump can throw his voice against next, and here it’s so commanding and confident it takes on a kind of ‘voice of God’ quality. It’s all so raucous it makes one curious when he’s going to go full Sleigh Bells.
M A N I A is out now via Island/Universal.
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