The Bottom Line
From the insistent orchestral opening through the driving power pop chorus and audacious quoting of the line "He tastes like you, only sweeter" from the film Closer, "Thnks fr th Mmrs" is a tour de force single laying bare the prodigious talents of Fall Out Boy. Fortunately, as in their breakthrough "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," it is quite possible to ignore all of the clever allusions, intricate instrumentation, and personal life references to simply enjoy "Thks fr th Mmrs" as a fun burst of rock energy.
- The Urgent Orchestral Intro
- Lyrical Tour De Force
- Picture Perfect Power Pop Chorus
- Maybe a Bit Self-Indulgent
- Strings and horns lead in
- Catchy, rousing chorus
- Drum break with anthemic singalong
Guide Review - Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs
As usual, the intricate lyrics on Fall Out Boy's latest single have led to fevered speculation on the part of fans. Do the lyrics refer to the falling apart of bassist Pete Wentz's friendship with childhood buddy Christopher Gutierrez? Is there a hint of Wentz's much publicized version of bisexuality? Is the band ranting against accusations of selling out for commercial success? Regardless of the specific intent, the words of "Thks fr th Mmrs" sound fantastic. Hotel rooms, crystal balls, God, and one night stands all come crashing together in an energizing power pop singalong.
Musically, Fall Out Boy dresses things up a bit with strings and horns on the intro as well as even more esoteric instrumentation in the bridge. However, the chorus is pure post-hardcore joy. You'll be singing "Thanks for the memories, thanks for the memories" before the song winds to a close.
The cleverness here even extends to the dropping of all vowels in the song title. Reportedly, this is a joking nod to Fall Out Boy's record company requesting shorter song titles than they've been known for in the past. As a result, it is likely the first top 40 pop hit ever to drop the vowels in its title. Put that little footnote in the record books. Fall Out Boy are on a roll. Don't begrudge them their success, just enjoy the glorious fruits of their labors.