Folie à Deux

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Who knew that Sgt. Pepper's was once again the in record for now hipsters? First, Panic at the Disco dropped the exclamation mark and donned trippy marching uniforms for the psychedelic pastiche Pretty, Odd, now Fall Out Boy follow with Folie à Deux, a record that doesn't attempt to re-create the sound but the spirit of 1967, when rock bands would try anything on their LPs, especially if it included lots of orchestration. Strings are only one of the accoutrements on Folie à Deux. Fall Out Boy pile everything onto their fifth album: cameos from superstars and running mates, so many that Lil Wayne and Debbie Harry are barely heard; thundering arena rock rhythms ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Who knew that Sgt. Pepper's was once again the in record for now hipsters? First, Panic at the Disco dropped the exclamation mark and donned trippy marching uniforms for the psychedelic pastiche Pretty, Odd, now Fall Out Boy follow with Folie à Deux, a record that doesn't attempt to re-create the sound but the spirit of 1967, when rock bands would try anything on their LPs, especially if it included lots of orchestration. Strings are only one of the accoutrements on Folie à Deux. Fall Out Boy pile everything onto their fifth album: cameos from superstars and running mates, so many that Lil Wayne and Debbie Harry are barely heard; thundering arena rock rhythms and ultra-slick hair metal riffs; hints of soul and R&B; synths lifted from new wave singles and retro hits alike. If only it were done with a modicum of care, it might seem like a crazy postmodern hall of mirrors, but Fall Out Boy are too artless to be postmodern. They're hyper modern, flitting through the past and present, taking nothing seriously and taking everything they can, cramming so many allusions into their overstuffed songs it's impossible to tell what is intentional and what is accidental. (Are those crashing chords on "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes" really taken from "Baba O'Reilly"? Do they realize "I don't care what you think/Just as long as it's about me" is from Nirvana's "Drain You"? Does it matter?) Uncertainty about FOB's intentions is a problem intensified by how lyricist and de facto leader Pete Wentz writes every line with a smirk (it's a wonder he's yet to title a song with an emoticon) and how singer Patrick Stump treats every lyric as if it's sacrosanct, never acknowledging that there just might be a pun there. Stump's one quirk is an unhealthy obsession with Elvis Costello, borrowing so many of Costello's overheated mannerisms that when the man himself appears for a show-stopping cameo on "What a Catch, Donnie," it takes a moment to register that he's really in the studio singing on an overblown song that also features members of Gym Class Heroes and the Academy Is..., and even contains a passing Beatles allusion when somebody sings "Sugar, We're Going Down" on the close out, just like how John sang "She Loves You" at the end of "All You Need Is Love." Whether intentional or not, there's a certain glee to FOB's pop absurdity because their cheerfully careless genre-bending has no reverence: fitting all these sounds and jokes into a pop song is all a game and it's one listeners can share, whether they're playing spot-the-allusion or just succumbing to the sugary hooks clustered within one track. It would be more fun if these hooks were polished into something resembling a constructed pop song -- FOB's melodic phrases don't necessarily lead to the next -- and if the production weren't so brittle and digital. When there's as much going on in a mix as there is here, there needs to be room to breathe and there is none on Folie à Deux, with every little detail louder than the next. It also might help if Stump for once would realize that he is singing the words of an unrepentant goofball who gave his newborn son a name whose initials are BMW -- everybody else in the band and audience is having some fun, why not Stump? -- but that disconnect is yet another way that Fall Out Boy capture the Zeitgeist of the latter half of the 2000s better than any band: there's so much going on in Folie à Deux, you either choose to take it all seriously or take none of it. Fall Out Boy make as much sense when heard either way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517872776
  • Catalog Number: 001219602
  • Sales rank: 2,778

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fall Out Boy Primary Artist
Elvis Costello Vocals
Debbie Harry Trumpet, Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Trombonium
Ira Nepus Trombone
Lorenza Ponce Violin
Paul Woodiel Violin
Antoine Silverman Violin, Concert Master
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Dave Eggar Cello
Lil Wayne Vocals
Tomas Petterson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gabe Saporta Vocals
Anja Wood Cello
Maxim Moston Violin
William Beckett Vocals
Brendon Urie Piano, Vocals
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy Vocals
Alex DeLeon Vocals
Andra Voldins Viola
Kenneth Kugler Trombone
Steven Holtman Trombone
Technical Credits
Neil Avron Producer, Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements
Tony Visconti String Arrangements, String Conductor
The Neptunes Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Fall Out Boy Composer
Pete Wentz Contributor
Joe Trohman Contributor
Erich Talaba Engineer, Digital Editing
Patrick Stump Horn Arrangements
Andrew Hurley Contributor
Carol Corless Package Production
Luke Chueh Cover Art
Ronald Kurniawan Artwork
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    lame album by fall out boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one seriously lame album by fall out boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    This album will forever be one of my favorites. Fall Out Boy is

    This album will forever be one of my favorites. Fall Out Boy is extremely talented. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

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    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    fall out boy at their worst!!!!!!!!!

    this cd stinks from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fall out boy = the worst of the worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    weak weak weak weak

    this band is seriously pathetic they act like they know it all but they do not know it all i met one of the members of fall out boy once he labeled me a poser because i liked both metallica and megadeth he and the rest of his band members acted like a complete fool at this party i went to they tryed pissing me off with their emo style attitudes they told me thrash metal was dead but i did not beileve them or give into their emo style attitude before i left this party i called every band member of fall out boy hacks frauds and plastics and yes posers also these guys do not know how to make good music i sure hope fall out boy breaks up in the future because they stink

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    It says CD. That means, when I ordered this, I assumed a CD woul

    It says CD. That means, when I ordered this, I assumed a CD would come in.  NOT a vinyl record with 2 vinyl CDs in it that I cannot even listen to.  I am definitely not satisfied with this kind of service. I wanted to surprise my sister for christmas and she ended up with 2 vinyls and can't even listen to her favorite band. If I could rate this no stars , I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    I love Fall Out Boy with all my heart. Every band or artist chan

    I love Fall Out Boy with all my heart. Every band or artist changes their sound every album anyways. If they didn't, it would be boring as hell. This is one of their greatest albums made. 5 stars

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    this album is one big epic joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is the worst album in music history fall out boy are a band thats only in it for the money they do not care about their fans pete wentz is the lamest songwriter on earth all fall out boys band members = talentless fakes frauds and yes of course hacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    this album is one big epic joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is one big epic joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    this album stinks and the band stinks and the songs stink

    this band is a utter disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    this album is lame and boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this band stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is the worst band on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this band stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fall out boy rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    fall out boy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    this album stinks fall out boy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this band and album both stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    the worst band on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the worst band on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good stuff.

    well its not like u would expect anything less than awesome from fall out boy rite??? haha great album, awesome lyrics, insane band! like i could listen to the whole CD over and over and over and over again! then id hav 2 stop cuz i mite go crazy.....good album for a car trip, or while ur doing homework, or a music party, or u know......listening 2 wen u hav no friends..... not 2 say u shud only listen 2 it if u hav nothing better 2 do....i mean i would rather listen 2 this than do something else thats not as fun..... but yea favorite song on it: wat a catch, donnie!!!!!! woooot! haha ya seriously tho: go to the store. buy it. bring it home. pop it into ur walkman/computer/tv/stereo/car radio. listen to it. like it. (welll its not like would hhav 2 force u anyway)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good CD

    I liked all the songs on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of their best...

    The much expected Folie a Deux has not disappointed Fall Out Boy fans. The lyrics, while quite different from their previous albums, are still meaningful. Their songs, which greatly contrast with older tunes, are still addicting to listen to. I have enjoyed listening to all of these songs, and I am sure many other FOB fans have bought this album and enjoyed it as much as I have...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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