Label: Fueled By Ramen
Released: 24th March 2023
They should have just called this “So Much Stardust”, as Fall Out Boy’s long-awaited return has more than just a sprinkle of magic throughout. Now, just because there are a few more guitars at play and the emo renaissance is in full swing, it was always naive to imagine Chicago’s best would be returning with some sort of ‘Take This To Your Grave’ 2.0.
Instead, for their first album in over five years, Fall Out Boy have brought the drama and theatre back to rock music with this pop-infused masterpiece. Whether it’s these Brian May-style, Everest surmounting, guitar solos, the big band ensemble or Patrick Stump’s glistening pop star vocals, ‘So Much (For) Stardust’ is an album on the scale of a Broadway spectacle.
Landing somewhere between Danny Elfman and Lin-Manuel Miranda through the lense of 70s and 80s rock classics, accomplished with the feel of a live cast recording, you get a sense of the album Fall Out Boy have set out to create.
There is the ‘Footloose’-esque ‘So Happy Right Now’ and the Earth, Wind and Fire reminiscent ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ bringing an infectious, feel-good, quality to them. Counter balance those tunes with the album’s opening number ‘Love From The Other Side’ and a monologue from the 90s rom-com Reality Bites, there is still one wary eye on the apocalypse. Nevertheless, jazz hands are at the ready as they match towards their doom in style.
It’s a spectacular album. In their 20 years, Fall Out Boy have been fiercely ambitious with every passing album but nothing could prepare for the outstanding magnitude of ‘So Much (For) Stardust’. Worth the wait? Without a doubt.