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From Under the Cork Tree: Fall Out Boy

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Fall Out Boy's album From Under the Cork Tree could be background music or a soundtrack to a primetime teenage crisis television show. With awesomely complicated song titles and smarmy wit, they are likeable. But really, how many more "she doesn't love me" songs do we need? The typical subjects swim together for an album that doesn't stand out from the heaps of other emotional pluck. Though it feels like a punkish rock version of Lou Pearlman's boy band routine, it's enjoyable enough and smart enough that I can't dis any 15-year-old for choosing a Fall Out Boy poster for their room art. But the moral of the story: If you're an angry 15-year-old, you'll like it. If you're a lonely 15-year-old, you'll like it. If you're 15 and you think you know it all, you'll like it. But if you're older, like me, you've already heard a million bands just like this.