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Albums Of The Week: Fall Out Boy | So Much (For) Stardust

The Chicago pop-punk vets prove you can go home again — musically speaking — by reteaming with their old producer and their former label for this energized throwback.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “To record So Much (For) Stardust — their eighth studio album and first release since 2018’s Mania — Fall Out Boy reunited with producer Neil Avron, who worked on their iconic three-record run of From Under the Cork Tree, Infinity on High and Folie à Deux. Unsurprisingly, So Much (For) Stardust finds the Chicago veterans returning to a more guitar-driven, rockier soundscape, with vocalist Patrick Stump’s smooth vocals soaring atop energetic pop-punk fare and seriously danceable rhythms.

Speaking about the creation of So Much (For) Stardust, Stump confirms that Fall Out Boy took a bit of a throwback approach. “Technology has made it really easy to make records much more quickly these days. There’s nothing wrong with that, and that spontaneity can be exciting, but we wanted to get back to the way we used to work. We wanted to make a record that was really lovingly crafted and deliberate and patiently guided — like someone cooked you a delicate meal. I’m not a very proud guy, but I’m pretty proud of this record.”

Photo by Pamela Littky.

On reuniting with Avron for this record, Stump adds: “Neal not only taught us how to make records but has a unique capacity to really take time and focus on a record. We thought it was a no-brainer to work with him again, on a record where that was very important to us, and he was gracious enough to agree to work with us.”

Continuing the nostalgic note, So Much (For) Stardust will be released on Fueled By Ramen/Elektra – making it Fall Out Boy’s first album with the label since their 2003 debut Take This To Your Grave, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 6. Bass player/lyricist Pete Wentz shared his thoughts on the group’s return to the label: “Our band has been an ongoing art project for 20 years and we know there have been many inception points along that journey. We wanted to create an album that merged those points together — something new, but carved from our foundation. Fueled By Ramen and Elektra seemed like the perfect home for this.”


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