Fall Out Boy // Mania
Written by J.M
Mania, the seventh studio album from four piece pop rock band Fall Out Boy, is an eclectic, genre-hopping adventure with lyrical throwbacks and music exploration.
From track to track, you never know quite what you're going to get on your first listen of Mania. Opening with "Young and Menace" with EDM vibes and transitioning right into a more classic pop rock anthem "Champion," Mania also highlights R&B in "Heaven's Gate" and lands in reggae-inspired beats in "Sunshine Riptide."
While on paper it seems like this variety might feel disjointed within a single album, Patrick Stump's distinctive vocals and Pete Wentz's trademark lyrics still make every song sound like Fall Out Boy at heart while showcasing their growth as a band.
Lyrically, Mania hits a lot of different marks as well, but all of them fall well within what you'd expect from a Fall Out Boy album. There are the fun pop culture references: "Oops I, did it again, I / Forgot what I was losing my mind about / I only wrote this down to make you press rewind" ("Young and Menace) and "I'm about to go Tonya Harding on the whole world's knee" ("Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea").
There are the defiant yet inspiring lines: "And I'm back with a madness / I'm a champion / of the people who don't believe in champions / I got nothing but dreams inside / I got nothing but dreams" ("Champion") and "You only get what you grieve / Are you smelling that shit? / Are you smelling that shit? / Eau de résistance" ("Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea").
There are even the sexy lyrics, like "If you were church, I'd get on my knees / Confess my love, I'd know where to be / My sanctuary, you're holy to me / If you were church, I'd get on my knees" in the track "Church."
The risks taken in Mania definitely pay off -- resulting in one of the best Fall Out Boy albums since Infinity on High.