December 22, 2008 12:00 PM

Folie à Deux



First it was Green Day with American Idiot. Then it was My Chemical Romance with The Black Parade. Now it’s Fall Out Boy’s turn to make their Big Album. After raising the stakes on 2007’s Infinity on High, they do it again, with an even greater payoff. Just check out this disc’s epic centerpiece, “What a Catch, Donnie,” which pours on the strings and a choirful of guest vocalists from Elvis Costello to Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie. Then they turn around and get funky with Lil Wayne one moment (“Tiffany Blews”), psychedelic with Pharrell the next (“w.a.m.s.”). But songs like “America’s Suitehearts,” one of Folie‘s commentaries on fame, show that while FOB may be a big-boy band now, they can still deliver the punk-pop hooks.

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