Infinity on High

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Growing up is never easy to do in the land of punk-pop -- or, to use the dreaded three-letter word, "emo" -- but Fall Out Boy do a pretty good job of evolving on this, the follow-up to their breakthrough, Under the Cork Tree. The foursome waste little time in serving notice that the times have a-changed, bringing in Jay-Z to introduce the improbably catchy opener, "Thriller" -- a tune that suggests the Foo Fighters tussling with Tom Petty at a high-class strip club. While Hova's appearance is just a cameo, a funky vibe permeates much of Infinity On High, as evidenced by the swinging wink-fest "The Take Over, the Break's Over" and the giddily sex-crazed "I'm Like a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Growing up is never easy to do in the land of punk-pop -- or, to use the dreaded three-letter word, "emo" -- but Fall Out Boy do a pretty good job of evolving on this, the follow-up to their breakthrough, Under the Cork Tree. The foursome waste little time in serving notice that the times have a-changed, bringing in Jay-Z to introduce the improbably catchy opener, "Thriller" -- a tune that suggests the Foo Fighters tussling with Tom Petty at a high-class strip club. While Hova's appearance is just a cameo, a funky vibe permeates much of Infinity On High, as evidenced by the swinging wink-fest "The Take Over, the Break's Over" and the giddily sex-crazed "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off," the latter produced by R&B master Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Yes, they tend to their roots here and there, tossing off short, sharp, hook-filled pogo-inducers like "You're Crashing, but You're No Wave," but it's abundantly clear that the boys have got no intention of lingering in the moshpit long enough to get bruised -- or, for that matter, bored. That cheerful restlessness is most unmistakable on "I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers," a horn-driven blast of pure pop with an anthemic infectiousness that's one part vintage Bon Jovi and one part Scissor Sisters -- a combination as addictive as it is unlikely. If you're doing the math, this one is intoxicating to the infinite power.
All Music Guide - Corey Apar
A funny thing happened to Fall Out Boy on the road to Infinity on High: they got famous. Before 2005's From Under the Cork Tree they were just another pop-punk unit from suburban Chicago happy to break even at shows with gas money. Next thing anyone knew, they were headlining arenas and being heralded as the new face of pop-punk alongside their peers in My Chemical Romance. It was a position that never seemed to rest easy with the guys, and because of this, Infinity on High seems a bit conflicted. Fall Out Boy wants to charm everyone here. They want to prove themselves to critics by moving past the confines of emo, allowing a love of all things pop to come right to the forefront. Yet they also want to resonate directly with those day-one fans who may long for the intimate VFW shows of yesterday. This disparity makes points of the record seem awkward, and for the first time, the band appears to over-think things. Pete Wentz's lyrics are oftentimes resentful, full of fame-induced angst, and really emphasize his need to drive home his position that stardom has not changed the band. So it's in weird contrast to these sentiments that Jay-Z is the one opening the album and calling out haters who said FOB would fail. The glorification of their celebrity abruptly switches into Patrick Stump stating pleading? that the band is not buying into the hype -- nor do they even want it. "Make us poster boys for your scene/But we are not making an acceptance speech" is defiant, and when his sweet voice asserts, "Crowds are won and lost and won again/But our hearts beat for the diehards," it's clear that FOB still holds their roots close. But this is contradicted by the fact that the album's majority is far and away their poppiest material to date, more pop
ock than pop-punk, which inevitably means more interesting to those who know them just as that "Dance, Dance" band with the media-whoring bassist, Pete Wentz. So the results are hit-and-miss. The Maroon 5-ish "I'm Like a Lawyer..." is glaringly one of the Babyface-produced tracks, and with a vocal hook uncomfortably close to Phil Collins' cover of "Groovy Kind of Love," it plays like the guys were the ruffled house band for a prom. It's ill-fitting, a notion that continues in cuts like the soft rock piano of "Golden" and the airy "The After Life of the Party." But on the flip side, the fizzy urban-pop nugget "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" dances around double-time hardcore choruses and backing choral singers with dizzying precision and infectious results, while dramatic gospel flair excellently lines "Hum Hallelujah." Stump's vocal control and agility is incredible; he truly brings songs alive in a way uniquely his own, and it's a toss-up as to whether he or drummer Andrew Hurley should get this record's gold star. So it's not to say the pop explosion that is Infinity on High is all bad. Even the studio extravagances -- multiple producers Babyface and Butch Walker handle a few outside Neil Avron and decadent layers of horns, string sections, and choirs -- don't detract from its overall enjoyability. Yet unlike My Chemical Romance, who knew exactly what they wanted in the grand theatrics of 2006's Welcome to the Black Parade and completely went for it without apology, Fall Out Boy is at odds. Previously, they could easily skip around with pop baggage, hardcore tension, cunning wordplay, and infectious melodies without losing their edge. Now they just seem too self-aware. Don't misunderstand: once Infinity on High sinks in, it's indeed a fun record. But for a band that was once so self-assured and able to utilize its talents so compellingly, the album is regrettably haphazard. Fall Out Boy may hate people who "dissect us 'til this doesn't mean a thing anymore," but in trying to appeal to all of them, they lost something unique along the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517146433
  • Catalog Number: 000810902
  • Sales rank: 3,129

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fall Out Boy Primary Artist
Ken Wiley French Horn
Nick Lane Bass Trombone
Darrell Leonard Trombonium
Butch Walker Vocals
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Mandolin, Hammond Organ
Chad Gilbert Guitar, Soloist
Pete Wentz Group Member
Joe Trohman Group Member
Patrick Stump Group Member
Andrew Hurley Group Member
Ryan Ross Guitar, Soloist
Lindsay Blaufarb Vocals
Sophie Toufa Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Babyface Producer, Audio Production
Neal Avron Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Choir Arrangement
Ted Jensen Mastering
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements
Rob Lewis String Arrangements
Butch Walker Producer
John Neumann Spiritual Advisor
Scott Riebling Engineer
Jay-Z Introduction
Louis Marino Art Direction
Paul Boutin Engineer
Fall Out Boy Composer
Erich Talaba Engineer
Patrick Stump Producer
Chuck Anderson Illustrations
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    It's just as good " From Under The Cork Tree" except i

    It's just as good " From Under The Cork Tree" except i don't know all of the words to the songs yet most of the people in the comments are ether fanboy, people who like music and people who just hate Emo Pop- Rock  in particular  " Fall Out Boy" and haven't even listend to the album don't listen the 3rd choose their wrong if you like the kind of music buy it and have some fun listening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DISSAPOINTED

    This is not what I expected.I'm soooooo disapointed.I love From Under The Cork Tree ,but this is just so sad.They were my favorite band but now I'm not sure of which direction I'm going in with these guys. I love CTOL & IAASIAAR ,I already bought those on itunes and I love those.I'm probaly only going to buy tracks 2 & 7. This is just so messed up.I expected somthing better.But, you don't always get what you want.Not everyone can be happy...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    this album is annoying and dumb and lame and stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album seriously is dumb stupid and annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    this band stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is the worst band on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    this album seriously is dumb and stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    devildriver blows fall out boy outta the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    devildriver blows fall out boy outa the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    fall out boy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fall out boy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    this album stinks fall out boy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album and the band fall out boy both stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    lame album by fall out boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lame album by fall out boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    the lamest band in the whole entire world

    you call this music its emo garbage fall out boy stinks they never had any talent to begin with im glad they finally broke up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great

    i havent heard the whole cd yet but what i have heard is really good. i havent bought it yet but im going to soon. i cant wait to buy it and stop gettin bugged while im listening to the songs on the computer :). ill probably burn threw alot more batteries once i get it :).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    weak weak weak weak weak

    this band is a complete joke they act like they are real rockstars when they are seriously are not true rockstars they are fakes frauds and yes posers this band gives out a bad name to every band on this planet this band is a complete joke i sure hope they break up in the near future because they stink

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's awesome.

    I love this CD, truly, I do. But I think &quot From Under the Cork Tree&quot was way better. The majority of the songs on here are great, but on the other album I swear to God I know all the words to every song. That's the Fall Out Boy I love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This cd was great

    My friend had listened to this cd and told me that I would love it too. She has introduced me to other types of music such like this cd but this cd beats them all by far! The lyrics are sometimes difficult to make out but the music and sound is absolutely BRILLIANT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen To First

    This is an okay CD. This is certainly not Fall Out Boy at their best. As a big fan, I was a little disappointed. They experimented with their sound too much for me. However, as you can see, many people really liked the CD. It's probably best to hear what's on Infinity before you buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Lyrics, Soulful yet Rocking Sound

    I can't stress how great this CD is. The lyrics are amazing and the music is more than 5 stars. Your mood can fit any song on this CD. Most cds always have that one song i REALLY dislike, but not Infinity on High. I guarantee that you'll be hooked after listening a few times to patrick stump's amazing voie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This cd rocks!! I love all the songs. The lyrics are amazing and deep. I love how Fall Out Boy words things..its amaazing. Just love this cd!! You should really buy this!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    they deserve more

    Because great musicians,awsome drumers, and one beautiful voice gives you the greatest band ever!!!Fall out boy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Add horibble gutairs, vocals, and drums and you get Fall Out Boy. This CD is an insult to rock fans young and old. On alot of the songs it is just whiney. This album is a HORRIBLE IDEA TO BUY. Go out and get better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    See, Fall Out Boy is the greatest with the most touching songs " but the music videos for some of them don't make NO SENSE but we're talking about the songs here! :D" Anyway, I recommend this song for ALL!!!! 'Cept younger people...XD

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