Tonally, it’s rich and warm, and therefore incredibly comforting. Part of that comfort, for me, comes from the sadness and nostalgia felt in songs like The (Shipped) Gold Standard with that delightful ‘plant palm trees on Lake Michigan before it gets cold’ melody line and (Coffee’s For Closers), with its haunting ‘I will never believe in anything again’ drop chorus, and that thrilling Fantasia-like ending. It speaks to my soul in a way that I can’t explain and may never understand.
The lyrics themselves are some of the finest work of Pete’s career. Inspired in places (the ‘Boycott love, detox just to retox’ of Disloyal Order Of Water Buffalos), smart and sassy in others (‘I don’t know much about classic cars, but I got a lot of friends stuck on classic coke’ - America’s Suitehearts). And actually pretty introspective for an album that purports to be the opposite, with my favourite lines like: ‘I don’t just want to be a footnote in someone else’s happiness’ (Headfirst Slide…) and ‘I got troubled thoughts and the self-esteem to match’ (What A Catch, Donnie) resonating with me. I’ve always loved the, ‘Three… two… one… we go live’ part on Tiffany Blews, too. It’s so lyrically detailed, that every time I listen, even now, I hear something I’d never picked up on before, or that I can appreciate in a whole new way.
They say great art speaks for itself. Which is why, actually, we didn’t need to understand you, Folie à Deux. You were always an outstanding collection of songs, whether we were forward-thinking enough to realise it or not.
But the effort we put into figuring you out, and trying to understand something that once seemed alien to us, makes you all the more special. You were so fresh and new that we shouldn’t have expected to like you straight away, because we had nothing to compare you to.
You’ll be pleased to hear that things are different now. When Fall Out Boy put out music we don’t understand at first (there’s this song called Young And Menace and you’d lose your mind if you weren’t a CD and could actually listen to it), we trust them and go with it. And maybe we have you to thank for that.
Because it turns out Fall Out Boy know what we need, before we even know we need it.
One of your biggest fans, Jennyfer