11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s sixth album finds them cementing their own legacy in an era when careers often last as long as a day’s Twitter feed. “Centuries” is all about cultural staying power, while the poppy “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and the perfect “Favorite Record” advance similar pop-culture themes but with melancholic underscores. Overall, the set’s a sweetly unhinged collection of rock riffs, hip-hop grooves, Indian music motifs, gang vocals, aged electronica, pop-punk refrains gone Hollywood, and nods to everyone from Uma Thurman to Suzanne Vega to Mötley Crüe. Patrick Stump’s full-bodied voice and the band’s pure songwriting acumen handily hold the disparities together.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s sixth album finds them cementing their own legacy in an era when careers often last as long as a day’s Twitter feed. “Centuries” is all about cultural staying power, while the poppy “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and the perfect “Favorite Record” advance similar pop-culture themes but with melancholic underscores. Overall, the set’s a sweetly unhinged collection of rock riffs, hip-hop grooves, Indian music motifs, gang vocals, aged electronica, pop-punk refrains gone Hollywood, and nods to everyone from Uma Thurman to Suzanne Vega to Mötley Crüe. Patrick Stump’s full-bodied voice and the band’s pure songwriting acumen handily hold the disparities together.

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