Album Picks: M A N I A

Fall Out Boy recently added their newest installment: “M A N I A.” An experimental time for the band, this album plays with jazzy, swing production and heavy synths and dubstep-esque production. This is experimentation done right- here are my picks from “M A N I A.”

“The Last Of The Real Ones”

The most popular album from the band’s newest release, “The Last Of The Real Ones” is certainly reminiscent of track such as “The Phoenix” and “Centuries”- with heavy beats and a quick tempo. This is an outlier of the album, though, in the best way possible. It’s a throwback to the early days of Fall Out Boy, the time when we fell in love with them in the first place.

“Heaven’s Gate”

“Heaven’s Gate” is one of the most obvious instances of a new swing style that the band is experimenting with. It’s a song to sway with a beer to, which is exciting as the weather begins to warm up.

“Sunshine Riptide (feat. Burna Boy)”

My personal favorite from this album, “Sunshine Riptide” is a blend of this new experimental style and their classic one. A party song, no doubt, it’s also great for a jam session during your next drive.

“Bishops Knife Trick”

A laid back track that contrasts the rest of the album, “Bishops Knife Trick” throw it back to “American Beauty/American Psycho,” arguably the best album that the band has ever released. Lyric heavy with thoughtful production, this is another of the best tracks on the album.

“Young and Menace”

“Young and Menace” is incredibly production heavy. With dubstep-esque synths and bass and minimal vocals, it’s certainly out of the comfort zone for the band; but, it paid off well. It’s a perfect blend of a very heavy style and is presented incredibly tastefully, my largest complaint for any electronic heavy track.

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Album Picks: G-Eazy’s “The Beautiful & Damned”

On December 15, 2017, American rapper G-Eazy released his fourth studio album by RCA records, “The Beautiful & Damned.” It featured guest appearances from Halsey, Cardi B, Anna of the North, and many others. In 74 minutes and 22 seconds, G-Eazy propels a new style for his personal genre, creating a darker and more inspective vibe. It is certainly worth a listen, at the very least. Here are the top picks from “The Beautiful & Damned.”

Pray For Me

An odd track but certainly one of the best, “Pray For Me” has a ton of personality while maintaining the dark vibe of the entire album. The “Wizard Of Oz” reference is clever, as well. Any well-placed references are worth noting.

Him & I

The most popular track, but certainly worth it. Halsey and G-Eazy make a great combo, and “Him & I” is a very fitting love song for the time, highlighting an unconventional kind of romance.


The production is what makes this track stand out. The lyrics are clever, no doubt, but that’s to be expected. The production is what keeps me coming back to this track.

Pick Me Up (feat. Anna of the North)

The subject matter of “Pick Me Up” makes it worth a few listens. While not being able to decide whether it is about drugs or women, production points play incredibly well into whichever topic.

Summer In December

A very laid back track from this album, “Summer In December” is the breath of fresh air from heavy production and subjects. This is certainly a late night drive with the windows down kind of song.

Mama Always Told Me (feat. Madison Love)

My favorite from this album, “Mama Always Told Me” has an oddly jazzy, swing production that plays very well with the vocals. The lyrics are clever and it’s easy to find yourself singing along.

Love Is Gone (feat. Drew Love) 

Packed with social commentary, “Love Is Gone” is an underrated track. Pay close attention to the lyrics and maybe read them through when you have a chance. Writers work hard to try to portray an ounce of this emotion.

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