The year was 2008. Fall Out boy was at their peak with their previous album release, “Infinity on High.” So, like any band that has had plenty of success, they decided to follow up with an album that goes in a different direction. “Folie A Deux” was released on Jan. 1, 2008.
This album is a masterpiece. It starts off with a beautiful song, “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes.” The lyrics, “ So boycott love, detox just to retox. I’ll promise you anything for another shot at life,” are perfect and incredibly deep. I had the chance to hear this song live and screaming those lyrics brought tears to my eyes.
The track list for the album is impeccable. Hit after hit. This is one of the few albums that I can listen to in full without skipping a song.
Another thing that made this album stand out was it’s many collaborations with fellow label mates, including Panic! at the Disco on the songs “What a Catch, Donnie” and “20 Dollar Nose Bleed.” Both songs are the most memorable to fans who did not particularly like said album. “What a Catch, Donnie” is the necessary slow ballad on the album, with a sad and depressing vibe of something ending. But, it is still relatable to listeners.
Most fans of Fall Out Boy had mixed feelings about this album. They felt that the band was shying away from their roots and trying to be someone they were not. Some believe that the fan reviews led to the band’s 2009-2013 hiatus.
Personally, I find this album amazing is because of its powerful lyrics. Lyrics such as “I don’t just want to be a footnote in someone else’s happiness” and “ Hell or glory, I don’t want anything in between” really connected with me. Since Fall Out Boy’s recent album, “Mania” has been pushed back, hopefully we will get a lot of “Folie A Deux” songs on their setlist for their upcoming tour. Fall Out Boy is coming to San Diego’s Viejas Arena on Nov. 15, 2017.
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