Rejoicing in the release of Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album M A N I A, we take a look into their back catalogue: full of nostalgia and swept fringes, from DIY music videos to their ascent to stadium-fillers.
Take This To Your Grave (2003)
The Lowdown: The first official release from the Chicago four-piece followed a pair of hype-inducing EPs, which, although inconsistent in parts, built a foundation for an emo scene which was just about to blow up. Bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz became an instant star thanks to his witty/self-deprecating lyrics and highly regarded live performances.
Best Tracks: Saturday, Dead On Arrival, Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
From Under The Cork Tree (2005)
The Lowdown: Ah, 2005. When fringes sat to the side, song titles were 15 words long, and Fall Out Boy released their career-defining record. It’s widely considered the band’s best album, with lead singer Patrick Stump’s soaring vocals shining. Meanwhile, I was in my bedroom with my friends trying to figure out how to do Wentz’ and fellow guitarist Joe Trohman’s signature guitar spins.
Best Tracks: Dance Dance, Sugar We’re Goin’ Down, A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”
Infinity On High (2007)
The Lowdown: The group’s first number one album in the US (which peaked at 4 in Australia). The record took a slight deviation in sound via hip hop-inspired beats littered throughout its tracklist, thanks to legendary producer Babyface jumping behind the mixing desk. At its core though, the band never allowed the shift to move too far from what had been working for them: Wentz writing lyrics, and Stump belting them out to a legion of unwavering fans.
Best Tracks: The Carpal Tunnel Of Love, Thnks Fr The Mmrs, The Take Over The Breaks Over
Folie à Deux (2008)
The Lowdown: Arguably (read: I will argue with you if you disagree) the most underrated album of the group’s entire seven-album catalogue. In hindsight, Folie à Deux was the bridging album from the first three efforts to the next carnation of the band you know now.
Best tracks: What A Catch Donnie, I Don’t Care, (Coffee For Closers)