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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Chicago pop-punk band is its second since returning from its five year hiatus in 2013.
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Centuries
Do-do-do-do do-do-do-do Do-do-do-do do-do-do-do Some legends are told Some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me Remember me for... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    American Beauty/American Psycho, the quartet's seventh studio album, is even better [than 2013's Save Rock and Roll], and reveals them as perhaps the only current mainstream rock combo capable of making big-venue sing-alongs that also reward deep headphone analysis.
  2. On the whole, American Beauty/American Psycho is Fall Out Boy's most consistent and bottom-line best album ever.
  3. Jan 20, 2015
    83
    With the benefit of hindsight and perspective, the narrators reach something close to emotional enlightenment. Yet American Beauty/American Psycho is no nostalgia trip. If anything, the record also contains the most contemporary-sounding music of the band’s career.
  4. Jan 20, 2015
    70
    Fall Out Boy have taken great efforts to incorporate whatever was happening on the charts, an inclination that isn't quite as necessary in the great digital disassociation of the 2010s, yet this inclination does give American Beauty/American Psycho a bit of a kinetic kick. It also gives it a slight air of desperation.
  5. Jan 20, 2015
    63
    The result, at least for the first half, is almost comically exciting, one fist-pump adrenaline rush after another.... Alas, Stump and his bandmates run out of steam by the end of American Beauty/American Psycho.
  6. Feb 6, 2015
    60
    It's more ideation than practice, which is why the too-cluttered American Beauty/American Psycho won't be this band's American Idiot.
  7. 42
    The band’s talent and the occasional strike of inspiration make it impossible to write off AB/AP entirely. Let’s just hope they eventually strike a balance that’s true to themselves and doesn’t come off like a mainstream radio retread.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Feb 25, 2015
    10
    This album is absolutely fantastic! By far one of their best, people complaining that they've 'changed' need to bloody understand that itsThis album is absolutely fantastic! By far one of their best, people complaining that they've 'changed' need to bloody understand that its been 14 years since they started, and I'm fairly certain you've changed in the past decade also. A definite 10/10, Fall Out Boy continue to put me in awe with their more-than-amazing music. They've managed the mix deep, heartwarming, angsty and excitement into one album! Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2016
    10
    I have always loved Fallout Boy, but I was a bit flustered from their last record, Save Rock and Roll. It felt like much more of a sell outI have always loved Fallout Boy, but I was a bit flustered from their last record, Save Rock and Roll. It felt like much more of a sell out record then AB/AP did (Really guys, you put **** Big Sean on your song? I mean his verse wasn't bad, but still, really?). This album however hits all the right chords for me. I love the ominous almost eerie feel of Twin Skeletons, the hilarious and fun samples in both Centuries and Uma Thurman, both with great production to back themselves up (massive percussion and surfer rock respectively), I really love the horns and tightly written versus of Irresistible, and I absolutely ADORE the dark, speaker shattering crunch of Novocaine, as well as the somber atmosphere of Jet Pack Blues. Patrick sounds amazing as always, Wentz's writing is a decent step ahead of Save Rock and Roll, and Joe's guitar work (as well as Pete's and Patrick's) are definitely up to par. Huge props to Andy's drum work as well, some of the songs wouldn't be nearly as good if he was absent

    This album I feel has a song for everyone. Definitely one of my favourites of 2015
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  3. Feb 18, 2015
    9
    THIS ALBUM IS BOSS! ONE TO REMEMBER! Crazy! But there is not a single bad song on this album! If you haven't heard it yet stop reading! And goTHIS ALBUM IS BOSS! ONE TO REMEMBER! Crazy! But there is not a single bad song on this album! If you haven't heard it yet stop reading! And go find it! Nuff said!

    Fina Score: 9/10: Would've have given 10/10 but the album only has 11 songs don't wanna sound whiney but... ME WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Oct 29, 2015
    7
    Well, I'm happy to say that Fall Out Boy are still... well, Fall Out Boy. It's a good album, it has great songs (Fourth Of July, Novocaine,Well, I'm happy to say that Fall Out Boy are still... well, Fall Out Boy. It's a good album, it has great songs (Fourth Of July, Novocaine, Immortals, Uma Thurman, The Kids Aren't Alright), but a few... not really bad, just weak compared to the others (Jet Pack Blues, Twin Skeletons, Favorite Record, American Beauty/American Psycho). Overall, an ok effort. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2015
    7
    Fall Out Boy has been losing their roots but they're keeping, at least, their brand new signature sound that goes more pop than "rock". In TheFall Out Boy has been losing their roots but they're keeping, at least, their brand new signature sound that goes more pop than "rock". In The Kids Are Alright I have the feeling I'm listening to a Max Martin song. Centuries & Uma Thurman are the best on the album. Definitely, the first part is way better than the second part of the album. I give 7, because it holds firmly on the new sound of the band, the lyrics remain being interesting and at least they know how to sell theirselves, but with the time we'll hearing less guitars and more synthesizers and electric drums Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2017
    6
    While not quite as disappointing as 2013's Save Rock and Roll, post-hiatus Fall Out Boy are still not in a comfortable spot musically, and itWhile not quite as disappointing as 2013's Save Rock and Roll, post-hiatus Fall Out Boy are still not in a comfortable spot musically, and it feels like they realize that too. They were always good at melding different genres into their rock and pop-punk style, but here it just never hits home, and they never stop jumping around in terms of style. There are catchy songs here, and a lot of emotion is definitely involved, and because of that I'll always give Fall Out Boy a chance. Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2015
    0
    Fall Out Boy, in my opinion, have been dying since Infinity On High. That said, I still listened and relatively enjoyed that album and itsFall Out Boy, in my opinion, have been dying since Infinity On High. That said, I still listened and relatively enjoyed that album and its follower. When Saving Rock & Roll came along I figured it couldn't get worse than this for the band. While still listenable, that album was still pretty bad. Then came the ironically titled American Beauty/ American Psycho (two anti materialistic movies). I find none of these songs listenable. I find it kind of sad that FOB has to make references to other acts to evoke the slightest enjoyment of the album (The Kids Aren't Alright- The Offspring, Uma Thurman- Pulp Fiction, Jet Pack Blues- The Jetsons, Novocaine- Green Day, Favorite Record- A FOB that's worth a damn). I Wish they's do the whole original sound reboot thing. FOB (when they were good) is one of my favorite bands, but because of things like this I can't wear one of their shirts or anything like that. I'm not against going in a poppier direction, but don't sacrifice your quality (Panic! At The Disco is a fantastic example of this). I want the old FOB back. Expand

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