Fall Out Boy - M A N I A
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #801 / 841
User Score
Based on 550 ratings
2018 Ratings: #773
Liked by 3 people
January 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Electropop / Genres
falloutboy.com / Website
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Impossible to peg down or box in, ‘M A N I A’ sounds like Fall Out Boy enjoying being Fall Out Boy, and taking full advantage of all the freedom that offers.

The newest album from the largely popular emo band is a solid release but it will not compete with their past albums.
The Young Folks

All in all, M A N I A is a welcome expansion of Fall Out Boy’s arsenal of songs about the vicissitudes of life and love.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Not every grand plan pays off – the Latin-pop of Hold Me Tight Or Don't sounds like an emo band at karaoke – but considering Fall Out Boy scrapped much of the record late last year, for the most part Mania feels worth the wait.

The Guardian

Mania doesn’t have enough big tunes ... to really pull it off, but the band deserve a lot of credit for such continual reinvention.

Rolling Stone

The album is less a reboot than a re-affirmation of their ability to fuse over-the-top oversharing and Queen-ly operatic stomp with an elastic vision of pop.


From chiming tropical jam ‘Hold Me Tight Or Don’t’ to the batshit but brilliant EDM of ‘Young And Menace’, the quartet have thrown everything they’ve done previously out of the window.


To step out musically is to drop out commercially and though frequently redundant, M A N I A remains a fun listen.

A.V. Club

Since around 2007’s Infinity On High, the key to enjoying Fall Out Boy has been letting go of their pop-punk past and embracing the pop band that always hid in plain sight. That was a chore on American Beauty/American Psycho, but less so on Mania. As endorsements go, that’s pretty qualified.


Instead of making Fall Out Boy seem fresh, these electronic inflections wind up hinting at the group's age, as this frenetic music never seems to come as easily as the familiar amped-up blue-eyed soul and heady punk-pop. That transparent sense of labor does indeed make M A N I A seem manic, with Fall Out Boy not so much chasing trends as demonstrating that they know something is happening, they just don't know what it is.

Spectrum Culture

Their latest, Mania, feels like a Fall Out Boy album in name only, equidistant to their roots as New Order was to Joy Division.

Drowned in Sound
This is a feeble gesture of benign, stadium-sized pop that’s been cynically constructed, artificially beefed-up and saturated beyond the point of listenability. It’s gonna sell millions.
You guys see the cool spacing between the letters of the title? God this band is fucking innovative.
Fall Out Boy's attempt at updating their sound once again makes for a few fun songs and a few...not fun songs to say the least.

I've been more and more nice towards new FOB the more I've heard it, sure none of the post hiatus records reach the artistic peak of folie a deux but as fun pop music it works, the hooks are there, the lyrics are still fall out boy lyrics, easy to understand in concept but can otherwise be a bit confusing and hard to fully understand, they got their charm.

But ... read more
Home of my username.

Okay, before any of y'all attack me, let me speak first.

At around this point in time, I became hooked to the emo scene which included the Emo Trinity (Panic!, MCR, and FOB (my gosh that me made cringe just saying that)) and its music. As soon as I heard that this album was coming out, I was pretty much OBSESSED with this thing and followed up with all of the singles that came out.

When the album came out, I instantly adored the ever living shit out of this. I kept ... read more
Full review on my YouTube channel: "Brad Taste In Music"

There is so much wrong with this album that it feels like a waste of time talking about. It has 5 new songs... nothing worth checking out. The singing is consistently off key, FOB makes some of the worst musical decisions of their lives on some of these songs, It is all over the place, and I am afraid to touch this monstrosity ever again. The writing is almost nonexistent. What an embarrassment of an album

This is NOT okay ... read more
One of the best Vaporwave albums
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Track List

  1. Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea
  2. The Last of the Real Ones
  3. Hold Me Tight Or Don’t
  4. Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
  5. Church
  6. Heaven’s Gate
  7. Champion
  8. Sunshine Riptide (feat. Burna Boy)
  9. Young and Menace
  10. Bishops Knife Trick
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Added on: April 27, 2017