Fall Out Boy: So Much (For) Stardust

Brian Gring, Staff Writer

On March 24, the 2000s pop-rock sensation Fall Out Boy released their much anticipated new album, So Much (For) Stardust. This comes after months upon months of advertising, which included releasing the first two tracks early, one on January 18 and one on January 25. The band’s first new album since 2018 has drawn a lot of excitement, rightfully so.

Love From the Other Side: First impressions are very important, especially for albums. This opening track delivers quite a first impression, with a 60 second introduction before the lyrics and a more traditional composition. This song gives the classic Fall Out Boy feel and is by far one of the best songs in the album

Heartbreak Feels So Good: If Other Side is old school, then Heartbreak Feels So Good encompasses everything the band’s more recent albums are. The song has a modern vibe with a more synthetic sound and a catchy tune. It is far from the best song on the album, but they can’t all be winners.

Hold Me Like A Grudge: Another song that captures what features the best of Fall Out Boy, while still using many elements of the band’s classic hits. A good song overall.

Fake Out: The Acoustic Guitar is certainly not something one would expect to hear often in Fall Out Boy’s music, but it led to a unique sound that at the very least differentiates the song from the rest of the album.

Heaven, Iowa: What a masterpiece. The buildup to the chorus is insane and the powerful vocals steal the show. Nothing more needs to be said.

So Good Right Now: An upbeat tempo compared to the rest of the album, the song itself isn’t very original but is properly executed at the very least.

The Pink Seashell: This emotional and poetic piece was certainly unexpected,

I Am My Own Muse: The orchestra delivers a powerful score, especially the violin. The vocals are top tier and the lyrics are cleverly crafted. This is arguably the best song of the album.

Flu Game: A catchy beat and stellar guitar performance steal the show with this song. The arrangement provides an overall enjoyable song that truly feels different compared to other Fall Out Boy songs.

Baby Annihilation: Another unique entry into Fall Out Boy’s discography, Baby Annihilation is a poem with a score, and quite a good one.

The Kintsugi Kid (Ten Years): Once again, this song bears many similarities to previous Fall Out Boy songs. Again, it is a good song but not noteworthy.

What a Time To Be Alive: What a timely piece. Packed to the brim with subtle nods, the song is clearly referring to all of the chaos that has ensued since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The very relatable lyrics help to make the song memorable and

So Much (For) Stardust: The title track. Unique, memorable, and powerful. The orchestral arrangement does everything right, and the callback to the opening song just ties everything together.

Overall, this album is truly one of Fall Out Boy’s best. There is a little bit of everything and a vide variety among the 13 tracks. Even the worst songs on the album are relatively good and enjoyable, and the best tracks hit it out of the park. So Much (For) Stardust scores an impressive 9.1/10.