Take This to Your Grave – Fall Out Boy

Take This to Your Grave! Yes, Stump has said on record that he wants it burned, but, if it were any other band, this album would be a well-remembered classic. Of course, it’s Fall Out Boy, so it often has to take a backseat to their other epic albums. Still, I absolutely love the insanity of this album, the weird choices that put these songs apart from the rest of punk music and the awesome grooves that show up when Patrick and Joe decide the purpose of a guitarist is to strum as hard as they possibly can and the drummer is Andy Hurley. Fall Out Boy has never put out a song as joyous as “The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes”, a groovy jam with metal riffs where Hurley flips the Rise Against riff on its head (there’s a specific drum pattern Rise Against uses, an eighth bass note, a sixteenth note snare, an eighth bass note, a sixteenth bass note, and another eight note snare). Of course, the best groove (and the best lyrics) on the album is in “The Pros and Cons of Breathing”, an angry emo track full of genuine pain that comes out in the rhythmic shifts in the middle of each phrase. The obvious standout is “Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy” for its nuanced perfect chord progression, perfect evidence for why we should use the ii and iii chords more regularly. This album just has such palpable spunk; you might not initially like the loud guitar feedback that serves as backing at the end of “Chicago is so Two Years Ago”, but it has grown on me, and it’s something for me to take influence from. The guitar work all over the album is phenomenal, especially the way they play the sixteenth-note riffs on “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today” (which also uses guitar feedback well). “Dead on Arrival” is an exceptional track because of the complete shifting of the groove throughout the song, and the ska-like speedy guitar riffs of “Sending Postcards from a Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)” make my day. This album is just so bright, so full of vim and vigor, and I like it a lot!

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