Fall Out Boy are certainly a band that divides opinions, but there’s no doubt that they’ve had their fair share of success since their inception, and, despite only dropping their complicated seventh studio album ‘Mania’ five months ago, the four-piece have shocked us all by dropping a little surprise EP.
Coming out of nowhere, their new three-track EP ‘Lake Effect Kid’ pays homage to their hometown of Chicago, Illinois whilst also taking us on a guided tour of the various different sounds and eras the band have embarked across through the years.
The title-track opener is based around a 2008 demo and just smacks of the ‘From Under The Cork Tree’/‘Folie à Deux’ eras. Patrick Stump‘s silky vocals glide seamlessly, and you can even hear a little bit of the chorus from ‘The Take Over, The Breaks Over’ in his delivery. It’s a real throwback, and easily one of the best songs that they’ve released in recent years.
Following up, ‘City In A Garden’ feels like a cross between the aforementioned title-track and a more progressive ‘Save Rock & Roll’ tone. Big, booming drums charge up the dramatics, adding an air of arena rock to a an already powerful sound. It’s a song that sounds more defined and a little less raw.
And then, after delivering two decent songs in succession, the band provide us with all of the reasons to dislike their new found romance with dishing out dismal chart music on the absolute shambles of a closer that is ‘Super Fade’‘. This track is so disjointed, it’s almost like listening to someone’s arm being dislocated from their socket. Trap beats, grimy production, and a chorus that can’t decide what the hell it wants to do; if there was a song that sums up Fall Out Boy‘s frustrating transition to a pop band, this is it.
Despite the final track, what comes before it provides enough evidence that the band can still whip up some really great, catchy all-round rock songs. ‘Lake Effect Kid’ feels like a reflective journey through a hometown admiration. It’s just a shame it has such a sour ending.