While unashamedly fame-friendly bassist Pete Wentz hogged the headlines, it was Patrick Stump's savvy songwriting and supple, soulful vocals that propelled Fall Out Boy clear of their emo peers.
When FOB failed to build on the sometimes near-perfect pop of Infinity on High with Folie à Deux (and with Wentz apparently more interested in tweetin' than twangin'), Stump went it alone with his Truant Wave EP, released in February.
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He's still penning supermelodic, uplifting, nostalgic gems but, apparently no longer feeling obliged to pander to punky expectations, Stump can tailor-make these with beats and keys around his almost Michael Jackson-like octave-hopping R&B croon.