From Under the Cork Tree



Pleasant, accessible rock & roll.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

One or two cartoon-ish "wanna take it outside?" references; no real violence.


A bit of coy sexual innuendo.

Not applicable

CD insert contains a "collect 'em all" band trading card...

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is some sexual innuendo, a bit of gleefully confrontational language, and a few references to drinking.

What's the story?

Teen angst rules the day on on FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE. Cleverly named tunes include \"Ur Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued,\" \"I've Got A Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth,\" \"Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends,\" and \"I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me.\" However, most of Fall Out Boy's wit ends up in the names, rather than the lyrics, of their songs. So you don't get brilliant poetic barbs; you do get plenty of pleasant, accessible rock & roll, with the added bonus of an exceptional rhythm section.

Is it any good?


Lead singer Patrick Stump's vocals are infused with punk-pop energy, but can get soulful on the more melodic tracks too. By turns acerbic, goofy, and emotional, Fall Out Boy delivers 13 friendly tracks that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. So they don't quite live up to the promise of their titles -- the terrific all-out performances and a genuine sense of fun save the day.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about (and make up) clever alternate titles to favorite songs on other albums.

Music details

Artist:Fall Out Boy
Release date:May 3, 2005
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old May 11, 2013

Catchy, Clever, Fun!

I love Fall Out Boy, and I always have. Their mixture of upbeat pop-punk and witty lyrics is simply irresistible, and this is by far their best album. There's nothing I can think of that's very inappropriate, there's just some innuendo that most kids won't even notice. This is an album everyone can enjoy, from kids in the emo scene to classic rock fans. Many of these songs are the perfect summer jams, they're catchy but not to the point that they become annoying. All in all, this is definitely on my top 3 favorite albums.
Teen, 17 years old Written byownworstcritik April 9, 2008
Easy to listen to and easy to sing. Not the best album technically but melodic and perfect for singing in the car or shower.
Teen, 15 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx September 11, 2011

The album that shot them to fame

An awesome album. Parents may be concerned that pretty much every song references sex in some way, but the band is supposed to be aimed at teenagers who can handle it. (Nine-year-olds who only like the singles really shouldn't be going to their concerts.) Violence is mostly metaphorical like "make them dance like we were shooting their feet" and "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" is figuritive for Wentz's suicide attempt. Yeah, there are drinking references in the songs, but the band is in their twenties, what do you expect? This is a great taste of the old Fall Out Boy.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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