By Robin Perlstein
It looks like Fall Out Boy will be on our radios for centuries. Since debuting their first album, “Take This to your Grave,” more than a decade ago, this punk-rock band has experienced the many highs and lows of fame. Although they have won countless awards and received a Grammy Nomination, the band broke up for three years in the late 2000s. After a long hiatus, two members of the band, Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump, decided to reunite the band and release a new album in 2012. They began to secretly record an album called ”Save Rock and Roll,” in which they tried to reinvent their sound and make something completely new. The new album, which is loved by fans all around the world, quickly reached number one on the Billboard chart.
In Fall 2014, the band once again surprised fans with their new single “Centuries,” which went platinum. Later, another Fall Out Boy song was released for the movie “Big Hero 6,” which gave fans hope that the band was planning on releasing another new album. Their wishes were granted in late November when the band announced that their sixth album, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” was set to be released on January 20th.
About a month before the record dropped, the band began to release tracks from the record. Every Monday, a new track became available on iTunes and each track immediately went to the top of the iTunes charts. Even before the album was released, it became number four on the iTunes albums top charts just from pre-orders.
A fan posted a review of the album on iTunes and said, “Their sound has changed, but the quality of their music has not.” I completely agree. While their music is definitely different from their earlier CDs, it is not a bad change. In order to succeed in the music industry today, artists cannot release the same types of songs over and over again. They need to stay fresh and grow as musicians. It really says a lot about a band when they can fall off the face of the earth for three years and then come back with a different sound and still be number one on the charts. No matter how many times Fall Out Boy transforms their sound, their fans seem to transform with them, making them relevant for centuries to come.
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