Folie a Deux Update

Folie à Deux cover

I had reported a month or two ago that Fall Out Boy, a personal favorite of the heap., would be releasing their new album on November 4th to coincide with the elections this year. Alas, it was not to be. Instead, the Chicagoans decided that this wasn’t the election to be cute, figuring that an election featuring fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama was to serious an issue to make a farce out of with what is expected to be a rather biting album.

The album will instead come out December 16th, right in time for the holidays. Above is the expected album cover art, obviously coinciding with the meaning of the title, Folie a Deux, French for “madness of two.” It already begins to engage the listener by creating an exclusive relationship between performer and audience, the two parties which suffer madness together.

I’ve been counting down for months now, and now as songs are starting to leak, it’s getting even harder. I am pretty much forcing myself to not listen to anything from the new album! I’ve heard a few tracks, and what can you say… they are awesome. The same biting lyrics from Fall Out Boy, but man, do they experiment with sound, incorporating sounds from the genres of past decades!

And you can’t forget those song titles. Sometimes they are unrelated to the content. Though must of the time the lyrics are quite applicable. Check of the track listing (From wikipedia, so obviously it might not be entirely correct!):

  1. “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes”
  2. I Don’t Care” – 3:39
  3. “She’s My Winona”
  4. America’s Suitehearts” – 3:42
  5. Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet” – 3:55
  6. “The (Shipped) Gold Standard”
  7. “(Coffee’s for Closers)”
  8. What a Catch, Donnie” (featuring Elvis Costello, Gabe Saporta, Travis McCoy, Brendon Urie, Doug, Alex DeLeon, and William Beckett) – 5:01
  9. “27”
  10. “Tiffany Blews” (featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West)
  11. “w.a.m.s.” (featuring Pharrell)
  12. “20 Dollar Nose Bleed” (featuring Brendon Urie)
  13. “West Coast Smoker” (featuring Debbie Harry)

I Don’t Care was the first single released to moderate success. I think it’s a great song, with a catch beat and chorus and a throwback sound… kinda like something you might hear in the movie The Sandlot. Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet… an allusion to good ole Charlie Hustle, better known as Pete Rose? You bet. What interests me are the collaborative tracks. FOB has worked with Kanye before on the This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race Remix, and I’m looking forward to Tiffany Blews with Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and also w.a.m.s. with Pharrell. Check out the eclectic mix of artists on What a Catch, Donnie. Elvis Costello? Really?

I know I’ll be getting it the Tuesday it comes out. And if I get around to it… a review!

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The Best of Us Can Find Happiness in Misery


If you’re a big Fall Out Boy fan like me, I’m sure you’ve been more than content listening to any of their past albums. Heck, we were even blessed with one early last year, Infinity on High, as it has since gone double platinum, and is their most successful album to date. From Under the Cork Tree was a GREAT album as well. Basically anything FOB produces manages to succeed.

And if you are like me, upon listening through IoH numerous times, identifying with the lyrics, and just singing along when no one’s around, you probably have felt some sort of, well, emptiness. It was such a great album that you wished it never ended. Such a great piece of work is usually not followed up by something for a few years. I am glad that I discovered today that our wait as fans is ALMOST over.

Have I been out of the loop. I stopped looking for info after I had heard rumors that the new album wouldn’t be until early ’09 tops. A 2 year wait is pretty standard and acceptable. But out of curiosity today, I was doing some research only to find that Fall Out Boy’s new album, Folie a Deux, is arriving on Election Day, November 4th! What really sparked my interest was last night on 97X they played the first single off of the album, “I Don’t Care,” and I was instantly hooked. So I was like, so is this off of the live album ****? We had been hearing FOB guest appearances on other records, such as with Timbaland and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Much to my joy, I found out about the new album! I can’t wait to get it, and of course, vote!

For your enjoyment, I have found the song on Youtube. It’s not a music video, but rather just the song set to a picture (which may be the album cover art!). Enjoy!

Catchy melody, biting lyrics, and a solid, steady beat with the effective drum work… as always. Why change a good thing?