There’s no denying that the magical spark that caused millions of teenagers to flock to Fall Out Boy has gone. It’s hard to stay young forever. Their latest release “American Beauty/American Psycho” does however expand on the last album. It’s less of a plea for profit and quick attention, there’s more substance here. The pop elements are still forcing their way over the original pop – punk template. It’s got it’s quirky moments (‘Uma Thurman’) but it’s mostly just a stab at rock radio dominance, a stab that will likely hit it’s mark but not do lasting damage. More soul than the last album, still lacking a soul, but as far as radio friendly rock goes it’s not wholly bad.
Verdict – 5/10 – The faithful will be kept happy, there are no classics here though, nothing longstanding and that’s it’s biggest failure.