Debuting as an alternative rock/pop punk group, Fall Out Boy has always been progressive and experimental with their sound yet they have never disappointed with their music.
Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, Mania is Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album and was released on January 19, 2018. It shows continuous progression as musicians and artists by changing things up from pop punk and alternative rock sound to an experimental rock and electro-pop feel.
Song by Song Review
Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea: An opening track with strong “punk rock” musicality with themes of celebrity culture and the madness that spawns from the culture.
The Last of The Real Ones: My instant favorite off this album for it’s piano ballad meets rock song musicality and celestial themed love song showcasing the narrator’s devotion.
Hold Me Tight or Don’t: This track shares that “pinch me I’m dreaming” feeling to the beginning of love until the person with these feelings realizes they played up the memory in their head and the other person doesn’t have the same feelings.
Wilson (Expensive Mistakes): A reference to Tom Hanks character in Cast Away. It lyrical explores the curse of fame, how everybody loves you but yourself and the person fame makes you, or even the person you want to love you.
Church: A song utilizing organ instrumentals and hymn like musicality to create a love song comparing the person they love to a holy relic or sacred space.
Heaven’s Gate: A 50’s crooner style musicality paints this love song that compares the person they are pining for as too good to be true using angelic imagery and statements of devotion.
Champion: My favorite single off the album because of it’s fighter musicality and lyrical depiction of what it means to be a champion.
Sunshine Riptide (ft. Burna Boy): The gentle pull of a tide that rolls over and over again and by sheer nature of its essence it becomes an indestructible will. An overdose of dopamine – we are living inside of MANIA right now. The never sleeping, never blinking – caught forever in the sunshine riptide. The musicality contains powerful vocals, a tropical island dancehall feel and a smooth rap verse by Nigerian born artist Burna Boy.
Young and Menace: “The weirdest song the band has ever made”-according to members of Fall Out Boy. It is a lyrical depiction of feeling like an outsider within your community having a love for punk rock.
Bishop’s Knife Trick: A reference to the movie Aliens and a paraphrase of a Bible used in a real life couple’s vows. Wentz asked their permission to use a piece of their vows in this song.
Mania will have you hypnotized and in a punk rock trance for Fall Out Boy’s constant growth as artists as well as people, and for this album to stay on repeat. If you ask me, whether you or I are the last of the real ones or champions, I’m okay staying stuck inside the sunshine riptide of this entire album.