Album: Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll (Island)

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The Independent Culture

Emo feels like the last days of grunge right now: the bubble's burst, but the major players still fill arenas.

Fall Out Boy are considered one of the genre's more thoughtful acts, mainly due to the songwriting of bassist Pete Wentz. The band's fifth album after a five-year hiatus features unexpected excursions into rave-pop, and numerous celebrity cameos, but enough airbrushed pop-punk to prove they haven't forgotten which side their bread's buttered.