M A N I A

Fall Out Boy - M A N I A
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Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #712 / 735
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Based on 386 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1043
January 19, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
GIGsoup
The newest album from the largely popular emo band is a solid release but it will not compete with their past albums.
60
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.

60
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.

60
NME

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.

50
Exclaim!

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

50
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.

50
AllMusic

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.

40
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.

30
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.
exception
20
You guys see the cool spacing between the letters of the title? God this band is fucking innovative.
BradTasteMusic
21
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
KnifeTrick
89
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 it's 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. As the album came out, I instantly adored the ever living shit out of this. I kept spewing ... read more
PipePanic
15
I don't hate this album because Fall Out Boy aren't rock anymore. Several bands have gone more electronic and prevailed. (The 1975, Tegan And Sara, and most recently Muse) I hate this album because I know they can do better then to make a middle of the road boring and annoying pop record. There are genuine talented people in this band. I just wish they could be used much better then to be stuck creating this.

Favorite jams: Stay Frost Royal Milk Tea on a good day maybe???

Lest Favorite: Young ... read more
itsyahboinoah
30
holy shit this is stupid bad
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Track List

  1. Young and Menace
  2. Champion
  3. Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea
  4. HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T
  5. The Last of the Real Ones
  6. Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
  7. Church
  8. Heaven’s Gate
  9. Sunshine Riptide (feat. Burna Boy)
  10. Bishops Knife Trick
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