From Under the Cork Tree – Fall Out Boy


It’s easy to dismiss Fall Out Boy due to the over-saturation of coverage about them and their reliance, specifically Pete Wentz’s reliance, on image over substance. However, the album that made them the powerhouse that they are today, From Under the Cork Tree, is so finely crafted that it’s hard for even the most cynical hater to completely dismiss it.

From Under the Cork Tree has one major strength – its instrumental arrangements are superb. Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, who writes the music for the band, has a touch for detail and variation that far surpasses most of his genre’s peers. Each song has it’s own distinct sound while maintaining a hooky stickiness. The range encompasses everything from Van Halen-esque staccato guitar on “7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen)” to heavy sound of sliding drop D chords on the excellent “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’.”

The main issue of contention with From Under the Cork Tree is the lyrical work. While Stump handles the music, it’s bassist Pete Wentz who handles the lyrics with varying levels of success. One moment catchy and clever wordplay is forefront and then out of nowhere come lines that are stomach churningly bad.
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