Chicago pop-rock titans Fall Out Boy returned after a brief hiatus in 2013 to ‘Save Rock & Roll’ with an impressively improved record full of big guest stars and radio hits that saw them enter new territory with a mainstream audience. 2015’s follow-up, ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’, sadly failed to hit the same heights, but had enough singles to maintain the seed that the four-piece planted on their surge back into the limelight. What the album certainly didn’t need was a remixed edition with 11 second rate American rappers on it, but here we have exactly that. ‘Make America Psycho Again’ is pointless, money squeezing, and has the smallest target audience of any record this year.
In support of ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’, FOB headed out on tour with ‘See You Again’ rapper Wiz Khalifa, to assumedly target a crossover demographic and appeal to the new pop-orientated side of the band. This album is the joke that went too far. Sub-par songs that we’ve heard before are remixed with a verse by a rapper who we can presume that the average Fall Out Boy fan has never heard of and/or wouldn’t enjoy.
Unsurprisingly, the better songs on the album work best; ‘Uma Thurman’ is alright, and ‘Immortals’ still keeps the strong Patrick Stump vocals from the unrevised version, but they’re still worse than they were previously, and the question still begs: why?!
‘Favorite Records’ was almost forgettable on ‘AB/AP’, so perhaps iLoveMakonnen can be let off the hook for his uninspired cameo, and the new ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ version has very little to blame on Azealia Banks, but the tracks have been so cut up and spat out that anything salvageable for the lesser tracks on the album has gone forever.
Not all the blame should be laid onto the rappers, as there was never going to be a winner in this scenario. The people that are going to buy or actively listen to ‘Make America Psycho Again’ are going to be few and far between, and the percentage that enjoy it will be immeasurable. Fans of the ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ album should listen to it (or preferably ‘Save Rock & Roll’) without interruption, and fans of the hip-hop element should steer well clear from this too, as this won’t be hitting any personal career highlight reels, ever.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)