To Infinity and Beyond
Jay-Z is not exactly the first thing one expects to hear when popping Fall Out Boyâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest into a CD player, but there he is, reciting intros to the non-Michael Jackson related â€šÃ„ÃºThriller.â€šÃ„Ã¹ This Hova appearance on Infinity on High evidences the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s recent hint of hip-hop influence, as does production assistance (and a mandolin solo!) from Babyface.The media may focus on bass player/lyricist Pete Wentz because of his forays into celebrity outside of the band, but itâ€šÃ„Ã´s singer Patrick Stump who breathes life into Fall Out Boyâ€šÃ„Ã´s music. His vocal precision and range never falter through the multiple styles within Infinity on High. Overlooked â€šÃ„ÃºGoldenâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is an aptly named soulful piano track with a melodramatic chorus Stump aces.
Yet another chart-topping single declaring their dislike of being emo poster boys, â€šÃ„ÃºThis Ainâ€šÃ„Ã´t a Scene, Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s an Arms Raceâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is so fun to sing along to that one forgets the slight mockery of fans within its lyrics. â€šÃ„ÃºCarpal Tunnel of Loveâ€šÃ„Ã¹ turns from a cute, pun-filled pop song to unintentionally funny mock angst thanks to Wentzâ€šÃ„Ã´ laughable screaming. Taking a detour back to the punkier Take This to Your Grave days, courtroom drama â€šÃ„ÃºYouâ€šÃ„Ã´re Crashing, But Youâ€šÃ„Ã´re No Waveâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a head-bopper that could do with even more of its ghostly chorus of oohs.
Fall Out Boy obviously made another hit with Infinity on High, but it remains a tad overproduced and uninventive. Even so, the catchiness factor wins and listeners canâ€šÃ„Ã´t help but do as a robotic voice at the end commands, and dutifully press repeat.