Fall Out Boy cooks up an immediately digestible combination of crunching rock, highly melodic songwriting, and expressive singing on 2005's FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE, the Chicago unit's first release on Island, and its most accomplished to date. Building on an instrumental foundation that owes debts to both hardcore (drummer Andy Hurley has a thunderous, bass-drum-heavy approach that gives the band tremendous muscle) and indie rock (guitarist Joe Trohman peels off melodic solos), Fall Out Boy packs quite a sonic punch.
However, it is the group's songcraft that impresses the most. Each of CORK TREE's 13 tracks is rife with pop hooks. From the churning chords and expansive chorus of the opener (cheekily titled "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued"), through the brightly up-tempo "Sugar, We're Goin Down", to the minor-key "XO", CORK TREE is overflowing with potential hit singles. Singer/guitarist Patrick Stump's clear tenor and evocative lyrics (which balance confessionalism, metaphor, and witty cleverness) are the icing on this sweet punk-pop cake.
Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued
Of All The Gin Joints In All The World
Sugar, We're Goin Down
Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner
I've Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth
7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen)
Sophmore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year
Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends
I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'
Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part To Save The Scene And Stop Going)