Straight off the bat I want to say I dislike this album from the Chicago foursome. 17 years since forming, ‘Mania’ is worlds away from the smart pop-punk of 2003 debut ‘Take This To Your Grave’ or the rousing emo of 2005’s ‘From Under The Cork Tree’.
The seventh studio album by the quartet was originally scheduled for a release on September 15, 2017, worldwide. However, on August 3, 2017, Patrick Stump announced that the record would be pushed back until January 19, 2018 and was it worth the wait? Mhmmm no quite………
So it’s no surprise that one-time pop-punk band Fall Out Boy is now just a pop band. They’ve really and truly dropped all but a few vestiges of a guitar-based sound for “Mania”.
The album starts off with the most EDM influenced song, “Young and Menace.” It referenced Britney Spears’s Oops! … I Did It Again……..
‘Champion’, which is co-written by Sia is another one of those ‘mediocre smashes’ – It is more listenable than ‘Young and Menace’, but it’s the lowest form of production line self-empowerment jock rock.
‘Sunshine Riptide’ was FOB attempt at a reggae song……all I can say is that I really disliked this song the most from the 10 song album.
The only track that I didn’t mind on “MANIA” might be its last — “Bishops Knife Trick,” a pretty, lush, mid-tempo ballad that’s as close to adult-contemporary as they’ve ever come, but also surprisingly confessional.
“MANIA” is just a mess from start to finish and I can see this album to be swept under the rug……
Album rating: 2/5