Sound — 9
We're back with another Fall Out Boy album. This means more power chords, quick drum beats and overly sarcastic lyrics, right? Well, yes and no. It is the same Fall Out Boy we've grown to love/hate, but there's something more upbeat and more stylish on "Infinity On High". There are still catchy riffs and pumping energy, but it's just gotten a lot better. The production quality is spectacular, what with Babyface and all, and there's more cameos, including a particularly hilarious intro by Jay-Z on "Thriller".
Lyrics — 10
The best description of the lyrics could be that they are sarcastically self conscious. They know that they're Fall Out Boy, and they know what people think of them. Yet they've still got some of the biggest balls in the music industry for sticking to what they love to do. You've still got the somewhat "emo" lines, such as "Sometimes we take chances, sometimes we take pills". Not the most lyrically insightful pieces, but it's catchy and it's something people can sing along to. Patrick's voice has seemed to improve a lot, as well. He's stepped back a bit from the normal whine to lay down some almost soulful vocals.
Overall Impression — 10
You've heard Fall Out Boy before, and this is them. They've changed in terms of production and overall feel, but they're still sticking to what they do best. They don't get bogged down in "oh, is this riff technical enough?" or "let's write a song about war and how bad it is!" I'd rather listen to an honest band than a band too stuck up in message and technicality, and I think that's what music should be. You should just listen to it, without overanalyzing it. "Infinity on High" just rocks. It's an enjoyable album from a band that stays real to itself. Key tracks include "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", "Thriller", "Hum Hallelujah", "'The Take Over, The Breaks Over'", "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs", and "The Carpal Tunnel of Love".