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“I have their new album, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. I wore this record out, though, purely from the mentality of a 16-year-old kid. It takes me back. It’s what I wanted to hear when I was a teenager.
“They’re a crafty bunch, Fall Out Boy. They steal everything that’s ever been done in rock music. Hooks, tricks, gags – if it isn’t nailed down, they take it. If it is nailed down, they'll still take it! [Laughs] Somehow, they make it all work, and they wind up sounding like themselves.
“There’s no guitar solos and nothing that I would call ‘great musicianship,’ but the band's spirit and smarts win me over. The hooks just don’t stop; just when you think you’ve heard it all and the tunes can’t go anywhere else, they throw more hooks at you.
“I don’t even know what the lyrics mean. I just put the CD on and enjoy it. There’s not a bad song on this record.”