Fall Out Boy MANIAThe one-time “therapists pumping through your speakers” now make references to Nikki Sixx, having given up breaking hearts for dropping the bass.

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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