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Four years later, Fall Out Boy is on fire

Fall Out Boy always seemed to have a uncertain relationship to the “punk” label that critics applied to music on such early albums as “Take This to Your Grave” and “From Under the Cork Tree.” Slotted somewhere between Green Day and South Florida’s own New Found Glory, FOB seemed more apt to do a little shopping than to burn down the mall.

But if they come up short of expectations as punk hellraisers, the Illinois quartet stands up nicely as a pop band with blistering guitar attack and a few dark edges.

After a four-year hiatus, Fall Out Boy is letting its pop flag fly on a new album, “Save Rock and Roll” (Decaydance/Island), and a tour that hits the Fillmore Miami Beach tonight. Perfectly calibrated to the current climate in pop music, the album arrived with a slick sheen of radio-ready production (by Butch Walker) and quickly shot to No. 1 after its April release.

Arena-rocking cuts such as “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” (below) and “Alone Together” definitely fulfill the need to blast something while waiting for the light at Aventura Mall. The title track is a collaboration with Elton John, of all people.

And everyone seems happy with the results: In reviewing a weekend Fall Out Boy tour stop, the New York Times’ astute Jon Pareles reapplied the “punk” label several times, but described “a euphorically squealing, singing, moshing, crowd-surfing full house.”

Fall Out Boy performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.). Tickets: $47. Info: 305-673-7300,

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