I don't want to start a debate, but how are so many people putting FAD first?
Like, I kind of want people to explain their love for it. I won't respond back in a negative way, in fact I probably won't respond at all. I am just really curious why so many people like it so much. I literally can't comprehend how people can put that record in front of any other FOB record, minus Evening Out. Seriously, please give me some insight into your love for it. I won't argue with you. Simply curious.
Folie a Deux used to be my least favorite until I started listening to FOB a lot when they announced they were coming back, now I think it's unmatched as their best work (not my favorite, the best.) In some interview, Patrick said that the guest vocals on that album are supposed to be like actors playing different roles in a musical. That's the way you have to think of it. The whole album plays out like a really over-the-top musical. It's huge, epic, and (for lack of a better word) silly. They tried a bunch of new stuff that broke the typical genre mold, like the ZZ Top inspired riff in I Don't Care and the bouncy piano and horns in 20 Dollar Nose Bleed. Folie went all out on the pop sound, knowing the TTTYG fans would hate it, and I can dig that.
Without question, Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet, (Coffee's for Closers), and Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos are among FOB's best songs; they're all extremely well written, with insane vocals and unbelievable hooks. I think if CFC was pushed as a single instead of America's Suitehearts or I Don't Care, the album would have been much more successful and would have had a better fan response. IMHO, those 3, What a Catch Donnie, and 20 Dollar Nose Bleed are the essential tracks, w.a.m.s, Suitehearts, and West Coast Smoker are skippable, and everything else feels right and necessary in context of the album.
Hope that's a help. It's a tough album to get into, I hated it so much until recently.