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M A N I A
2018
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Given how they've always harbored inclinations to try any fad that passes across their radar, perhaps it was inevitable that Fall Out Boy would dive headfirst into EDM. What was not inevitable was the fallout FOB would sustain in this eminently logical move. "Young and Menace," the clanking and garish single built around an extended allusion to Britney Spears' "Oops...I Did It Again," killed whatever momentum FOB built up with "Uma Thurman," sending the group back into the studio to rejigger the album that would become known as M A N I A. Stung by the negative reaction to "Young and Menace" -- it missed all the Billboard rock charts -- Fall Out Boy scaled back their electronic aspirations but didn't quite abandon them entirely when it came to finalizing the ten tracks featured on their seventh studio album. "Young and Menace" not only still exists, it opens up the album's digital edition and the group occasionally returns to its cavernous clang, funneling it into the frenzied stomp of "Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea," having it power "The Last of the Real Ones," and letting it add echoing texture to the closing ballad, "Bishops Knife Trick." This frenetic music never seems to come as easily as the familiar amped-up blue-eyed soul and heady punk-pop sounds that populate the rest of the album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea
2Last of the Real Ones
3Hold Me Tight or Don't
4Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
5Church
6Heaven's Gate
7Champion
8Sunshine Riptide
9Young and Menace
10Bishops Knife Trick
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