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Fall Out Boy: The return to an old sound

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In the past few weeks, Fall Out Boy have released two brand new singles, ‘Love From The Other Side’, and ‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’ from their upcoming album So Much (For) Stardust, releasing on March 24.

The two tracks have garnered a positive response from their fans, with the band clearly going back to their Emo and pop-punk roots whilst blending them with a newer sound.

‘Love From The Other Side’, opens with cinematic strings and melancholy piano, before you’re hit with distorted guitars and roomy drums.

In terms of lyrics, these are just as cinematic, with lines such as “We were a hammer to the statue of David / We were a painting you could never frame.” 

The track boasts an ever-impressive vocal performance from frontman Patrick Stump, with harmonies throughout blending nicely, particularly during the pre-chorus. 

Artwork for the band’s upcoming release “So Much (For) Stardust. Image Credit: Alternative Press

‘Heartbreak Feels So Good’ certainly leans more into the band’s newer sound than the other single.

The track opens with a bouncy lead synth part, leading into upbeat drums and an arpeggiated lead guitar part. 

The song, although lyrically not as strong as the other single, is catchier and more danceable. 

The band reflects on how love and relationships can change and worsen over time. But this contrasts with how the feeling of heartbreak can be seen as something exciting and viewed as a positive.

The song is reminiscent of something off their 2007 record ‘Infinity On High’, in which the band leaned more into the pop genre, whilst keeping their signature emo sound. 

The main hook is incredibly catchy, with the lead guitar mimicking Stump’s vocal melody. 

Undoubtedly, the two singles are a much-needed return to form for the band. 

Although the importance of a band to evolve and change is needed, sometimes the best thing to do is go back to what you know best. 

Fall Out Boy’s eighth studio album “So Much (For) Stardust” will be released on March 24.

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I'm Matthew Burns, a fourth year journalism student covering Stirling Uni FC for the 23/24 season.

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