Sound — 7
The sound has changed on some songs since 'From under the Cork Tree' but on others they are classic Fall out Boy. I think the album is a bit more 'hip-hop' than the previous ones. This shows in tracks such as "Thriller" with guest vocals from Jay-Z and the new single "This Aint a Scene, It's an Arms Race" where there is much more hip-hop verses and you can easily tell the differnce when the chorus hits. But this isnt in any way a bad thing. There is some great guitar work on "The Take Over, The Breaks Over" with a great riff and a guest solo (probably one of the only ones in the album and any other FOB albums). There are slower songs such as "Golden" which didn't appeal much to me. The best vocal work on the album is in the chorus of "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" where Patrick Stump gets his voice to great levels. There are various guests throughout the album such as already mentioned Jay-Z, Ryan Ross the guitar solo from "The Take Over, The Break's Over" and in "Hum Hallelujah" there is a choir featured.
Lyrics — 8
Bassist Pete Wentz writes the lyrics here and there are many different things he writes them about. Yes, a lot are about women such as in "Thnks fr th Mmrs" but there are other subjects he talks about such as getting back to work with the band and winning in "Thriller". In "Hum Hallelujah" the lyrics are about Pete's addiction. The "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" lyrics really give it away when you listen to them/watch the video. Patrick Stump's voice matures every album. He has a great voice, I would say his best work is in "The Carpal Tunnel of Love". The one song that didn't really appeal to me is "Golden". It's vocals and a piano which reminds me of a poor version of MCR's "Cancer".
Overall Impression — 8
I think it's a bit too hard to say it all in a few paragraph's so I'm going to break it down into each song: 01. Thriller - guest vocals from Jay-Z it's one of my favourties from the album. The lyrics are about getting back on the scene with FOB and basically just winning. It introduces the album very well and is the best choice for an opener. Very catchy. 02. The Take Over, The Breaks Over - the best guitar work in the whole album probably. It has a lovely riff and after about a minute and a half the song really picks up. There is also a guest solo from Ryan Ross. 03. This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race - the first song released from the album and also the first single. I was worried when I first heard it; the chorus is great but the verses are very hip-hoppy which might put some off. But eventually it grew on me and is now one of my favourites. 04. I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me + You) - I never really got into this song and I don't have much to say about it. 05. Hum Hallelujah - this song is about Pete's addiction. If you read the lyrics they give that away. This song is overall good and it features a choir that sings "Hallelujah" which is a nice touch to the song. 06. Golden - my least favourite song on the album. It's nothing but piano and vocals and is probably the shortest song on the album. It very much seems like a filler song and a poorly done version of MCR's "Cancer" like I've said already. 07. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - a good, fast paced song here. One of my favourites from the album. Some good lyrics here to they are about women again. It's very catchy and an overall great song. 08. Don't You Know Who I Think I Am? - one of the shorter songs on the album but I like it. There are a lot of "Oh oh oh's" and there seems to be a little clapping sound throughout which I like. There is some good drumming here. I like the chorus a lot to. 09. The (after) Life Of The Party - a slower song but it is far better than golden. It has a good feel to it and I love the opening lyrics: "I'm a stitch away from making it and a scar away from falling apart". One of the best songs. 10. The Carpal Tunnel Of Love - probably, if not the best song on the album. it's the heaviest with some great guitar, drum and vocal work here. The chorus is extremley catchy and the breakdown is good to. 11. Bang The Doldrums - orginally was going to be titled "Yellow Checkered Cars". In an interview I read somewhere, Pete stated that this was to be the 'love' song on the album and I think it gives that overall feel. A good song, but not the best. 12. Fame < Infamy - the song title really says it all about the lyrics, but sound-wise this is nothing memerable. There are some violin effects if you listen very carefully which I liked. 13. Youre Crashing, But You're No Wave - I love the song's name. Not only is the title great, but so is the song. Another great song here has a great and catchy chorus and has a rather good bit at the end some harmonies done not by the band which would have made a great closer to the album. 14. I've Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers - you notice as soon as the song hits it sounds like they've been using some of Panic at the Disco's classical effects. It's an alright song, the chorus is very simple with the same line of lyrics it gets a bit boring. 15. G.I.N.A.S.F.S. - as you would expect for a bonus track, it's nothing special. The only thing I like about it is the strings used when the song slows down. So that's it. I think "Infinity on High" is a good album, but not amazing. It's worth going out and buying and if it were stolen or lost I would definately buy it again. I think the whole overall album has a different feel but I'm not sure why. I like how Fall out Boy has used a lot of differents effects and guests in this, but the album could have done with being a bit shorter. The songs it could do without are "Golden", "I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers" and "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me + You)".