On March 24, 2023, Fall Out Boy delivered what patient fans have long awaited with their first full length album of all new tracks since 2018’s MANIA. “So Much (For) Stardust,” the bands eighth record, brings 13 new tracks to life with an album run time of just over 44 minutes of new songs to scream out and dance to for new and old fans alike. The album was produced by Grammy award winning Neal Avron, who the band has worked with on past albums.
The album opens with the rock power hit “Love From The Other Side” which was the first single released in promotion for the new album two months prior to the album’s release. This track fully announced that Fall Out Boy was back and had never really left. They weren’t straying from their roots and I think even OG Fall Out Boy fans can appreciate this song and the influences throughout the album.
Following the opening track is the band’s second single leading up to the album’s release, released a week after the previous single, “Heartbreak Feels So Good,” which leads well into the rock power song filling track three, “Hold Me Like a Grudge.” This track is the latest Fall Out Boy song to get its own music video (Track one and two also have music videos!) which I have linked at the bottom of this review!
“Fake Out” brings a little more melody and pop into the classic Fall Out Boy sound with a beautiful chorus sure to get stuck in your head long after your first listen. The track, along with many others on the album, really showcases Patrick Stump’s vocals.
The lyrics “Scar-crossed lovers forever. I’m checking myself out forever.” really make track 5, “Heaven, Iowa,” stand out as a powerful song both musically and lyrically.
“The Pink Seashell” is the only track on the album that has a featured artist on it. That featured artist being popular actor Ethan Hawke in a snippet from the 1994 film, “Reality Bites.” The track acts as an interlude about half way through the record and is just a few seconds over a minute in length.
“I Am My Own Muse” is an absolute head banger and the angsty lyrics and beat make this track one to add to your most powerful playlists.
“Baby Annihilation” is another spoken word interlude on the album lasting 1:07 kicking off the last portion of the record.
Tracks 11 and 12, The Kintsugi Kid (Ten Years) and What A Time To Be Alive are some of my personal favorites from the new record. They have perfect upbeat melodies to bop your head to and lyrics that call you to sing along, even if the lyrics don’t always match the upbeat tune of the track! “Everything is lit except my serotonin.”
The record’s title track ends the album with a bang. “So Much (For) Stardust” is the longest song on the album standing at just under five minutes and shows what the record has been all about. “So much for stardust. We thought we had it all.” I recommend you give the new album a front to back listen to fully take in all the record’s themes and to find your new favorite track!
The Album’s Full track list is as follows:
Love From The Other Side
Heartbreak Feels So Good
Hold Me Like a Grudge
So Good Right Now
The Pink Seashell (feat. Ethan Hawke)
I Am My Own Muse
The Kintsugi Kid (Ten Years)
What a Time To Be Alive
So Much (For) Stardust
Watch the music video for Love From The Other Side! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBrkbWSB3Ls
Watch the music video for Heartbreak Feels So Good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvLD7D2Xsg
Watch the band’s most recent music video for Hold Me Like A Grudge! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rAQGxRFvN0
In January Fall Out Boy’s co-founder and guitarist Joe Trohman announced he was stepping away from the band for a while to focus on his mental health. Fall Out Boy heads out on a US tour on June 21, 2023 with special guests Bring Me The Horizon, Alkaline Trio, The Academy Is…, Four Year Strong, Royal & The Serpent, Daisy Grenade, CARR, and Games We Play which is followed by a UK/Europe tour with guests PVRIS and nothing,nowhere.
Keep up with Fall Out Boy on their social media platforms to see tour dates, updates and news!
Review By: Aly Goelzer