FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE by FALL OUT BOY

Chosen by Molly


INTRO (from Wiki)

From Under the Cork Tree is the second album by the American rock band Fall Out Boy, released on May 3, 2005, through Island Records as the band’s major label debut. The music was composed by lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, with all lyrics penned by bassist Pete Wentz, continuing the band’s songwriting approach they took for some songs on their prior 2003 effort Take This to Your Grave. Neal Avron handled production duties. Commenting on the record’s lyrical themes, Wentz said the lyrics were about “the anxiety and depression that goes along with looking at your own life.” In support of their release the group headlined tours worldwide and played at various music festivals. For their Black Clouds and Underdogs tour the album was re-released as From Under the Cork Tree (Limited “Black Clouds and Underdogs” Edition), featuring new songs and remixes.
The album was Fall Out Boy’s breakthrough mainstream success. Spearheaded by the lead single “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, the album debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 with 168,000 first week sales, a position it stayed at for two non-consecutive weeks, earning the band their first top ten album and becoming their longest charting and best-selling album. It logged fourteen weeks in the top twenty out of its seventy-eight chart weeks. The album as well as its singles won several awards and achieved Triple Platinum status. It has sold over 3.5 million albums in the United States as of 2007, and over 4 million worldwide. As of February 2013 Cork Tree has 3.7 million US sales. The album produced two hugely popular hit singles, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance” peaking at No. 8 and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively and receiving regular radio play at both Pop and Alternative stations. In 2005 the album was ranked eighteenth on the “Top 100 best-selling albums of the year in the US” with 2,654,320 sales and at No. 43 on IFPI’s list of the “Top 50 Best Selling Albums of 2005” worldwide. Internationally it impacted in the UK and Canada.

TRACK LISTING



REVIEWS

Ice – “I have heard of the band but don’t know them at all.
From the start of Our Lawyer Made Us… it was a catchy tune, all elements of the band seem to be on point, reminds me of what I know of Green Day. I preferred Of All The Gin Joints… which I thought musically was really good and the main singer is good. I liked the pause in the middle of the song before they belted it out again. I keep getting that American summer vibe in my mind.
I thought the bass start then intro of electric guitar throughout on Dance, Dance was class then the chorus smashed it, great tune! Sugar, We’re Goin Down was another catchy tune, good vocal and lyrics – I’d say it would be class at a gig. This guy is a really good singer and it shows on Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner even though it’s a bit too slow for me but he delivers.
I’ve Got A Dark Alley… didn’t do much for me resulting in the drums being my fav part of the song. I was pleased to feel the energy back with 7 Minutes In Heaven which had a good variety of cool guitar riffs. I like the guitar work and chorus on Sophomore Slump…. The guitar work at the start of Champagne For My Real Friends… is very similar to another song – perhaps a female artist (?), I just cannot put my finger on it. Yet another energetic poppy rock tune reminding me of an American Uni.
I Slept With Someone… was a cool more grungy tune which I think E.P. will appreciate, good to see they have this side to them also. Super vocals again on A Little Less Sixteen Candles… and Get Busy Living…, with great musical collaboration on the latter. The job was OXO on XO, another head bopper of a tune!
Overall, I could feel the energy of this band, their style reminds me of a few different bands, mainly Green Day. As I hear the songs I think of the film American Pie or an American Uni band. They had their poppy rock going on and outta nowhere a cool electric guitar riff would pop in. If these were live I’d say I would enjoy it but I find a lot of these song sound the same. Thanks for putting it up, Dance, Dance was prob my fav tune but not really my genre.”

Sol – “I had heard of Fall Out Boy but didn’t know any of their songs, so I went into this album with open eyes. I didn’t think they were around so long.
Our Lawyer Made Us… was a great opener, grabbed you in from the start, I loved the heavier little riffs throughout and catchy vocals.
Dance, Dance was probably one of my favorite songs on the album, really like the opening bass line, the drums are excellent throughout also.
I enjoyed Champagne For My Real Friends… also, I like that lyric:
‘We only do it for the scars and stories, not the fame’
Get Busy Living… sorta reminded me of the Manics at the very start. I enjoyed this one as I felt it was different from all the others. I think it actually sounds like a completely different band, nice to hear that side of them.
I can definitely agree with Ice with the comparison to Green Day and they have captured that American Teenage Rock band sound. I feel it’s a bit lost on me listening to these at this stage of my life for the first time, as I have no affiliation to the songs, and therefore I have no sentimental feelings and they don’t bring me back like another similar band would, if that makes any sense. Saying that I can still enjoy them for what they are.
From the first song I could tell what their style was gonna be, short, heavy, fast paced loads of guitars, bass and drums. These lads are serious musicians but I felt they kept their same format for a song throughout most of the album, I would have liked a bit more diversity.
I didn’t dislike one song at all and found I enjoyed them the more I listened to them but for me the album is a little too much of the same style for me to listen to it start to finish but I definitely have taken a couple of songs from it for my playlists. I did love their good energy, cheers for this one Molly, I don’t think I would have gone and listened to these guys on my own.”

Mick – “I have to be honest, from the get-go this wasn’t really for me. Never listened to them before and heard lots about them alright. Think they kinda fit the Sum 41/My Chemical Romance type vibe and it’s not my cuppa tea at all. It’s kinda stuck a little between pop and rock and can’t decide. That being said, I definitely didn’t hate it by any stretch.
Got a few listens to the album and liked the bass intro to Dance, Dance, it was sweet and elements throughout were catchy. Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner was probably my favourite, really enjoyed it the whole way through, foot tapper for sure. I’ve Got A Dark Alley… (longest song title ever) starts the exact same as Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart so that made me smile.
Agree with Ice there is elements of Green Day but in small sections. I’m not even sure why but Of All The Gin Joints… was probably the one that stood out for me.
It’s probably harsh to say I hate them, I actually don’t mind songs on their own once that’s not followed by another one of theirs. They are very similar I think. Not for me but always good to try something else.”

Spud – “This is a genre I try to avoid. I usually don’t like the singing or lyrics – they remind me of Nickelodeon high-school dramas, or teen movies that end with a band playing at the Prom or Graduation after a squeaky-clean, straight A’s girl next door type turns a rebellious, troubled and misunderstood tearaway into her lap dog!
Anyway… Dance, Dance has a good little intro with the drums and bass, and the singing style and pace is different to the opening tracks so I liked that, probably the best song on the album.
Sugar, We’re Going Down was one of the songs I knew. It was ok.
I also knew Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner – the opening few seconds reminded me of Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. That’s all.
The first two minutes of Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying are decent but then they make a hames of it!
There were a few other songs where the intro showed promise (or the music generally was good), eg. Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends, and I was praying he wouldn’t start singing! But he did, and I just couldn’t get past that style, and the lyrics. Like with Linkin Park, I never was and never will be the target audience for these songs. Sorry Molly, just not for me.”

Agree/disagree? Let us know in the comments below



SONGS ADDED TO THE MUSIC NIGHTS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:

  • Dance, Dance
  • Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

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Ray of Light by Madonna

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