From Under the Cork Tree is Fall Out Boy's second studio album. It is notable for marking their major label debut which enabled the band to breakthrough to the mainstream, and peaked at No. 1 on both the Billboard top 200 and UK Albums Chart.
Two largely popular singles were produced from the album, which both peaked in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 – "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance". Released as the third single, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"" did not receive the same initial success as its predecessors.
In 2016, Rolling Stone praised From Under the Cork Tree by raking it No. 9 on their list of the "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time", writing that Fall Out Boy
changed the course of emo-punk, pop-punk and pop itself with From Under the Cork Tree, which brought the scene mainstream
With lyrics written by bassist Pete Wentz, the album's main themes are more introspective and centre around
the anxiety and depression that goes along with looking at your own life.
In relation to this, Wentz's anxiety towards creating a new record culminated in a suicide attempt in February 2005. Despite the setback, Wentz was able to rejoin the band and record the album after undergoing therapy.
The 1936 children's book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf contained a phrase which inspired the album's title. The album cover, featuring a van and a trailer stuck deep in snow, references a car accident involving the band during a trip to New York to film a music video.
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