Infinity On High - Fall Out Boy

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. For a band that was once so self-assured and able to utilize its talents so compellingly, the album is regrettably haphazard.
  2. Infinity on High is notably better than their previous installment.
  3. 60
    A brave endeavour. But unlike My Chemical Romance's Black Parade, Infinity On High has critically little sense of its own ridiculousness. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  4. Gleaming with instant hooks, this is a uniformly radio-friendly album. It's also a hugely addictive and likeable one. [Mar 2007, p.108]
  5. On Infinity on High, they expose the secret life of boys, in hilariously bloodcurdling detail.
  6. FOB could've cut an album's worth of club hits and still found an audience. Its refusal to do so shows it still knows the difference between selling records and making fans.
  7. 80
    Infinity on High reveals a group that has grown so confident with success that the members are willing to give in to their every musical whim. [Feb 2007, p.83]
  8. It’s a CD stuffed to the gill with great tunes, but little else. There's nothing to hang your heart on, as much as there's a huge amount to move your head and feet to.
  9. Lo and behold, it turns out these pasty emo boys are a pretty great blue-eyed soul band.
  10. They may not be happy, but they haven't forgotten to be catchy.
  11. Some of the band's most gut-wrenching and powerful melodies to date. [Mar 2007, p.133]
  12. The band's unusual songwriting method generally works.
  13. It requires a certain level of self-denial to hate Fall Out Boy, as in, "No, I don't like huge hooks, soaring choruses or wild-eyed expressions of youthful ambition." If so, congratulations, you're 800 years old. Or a Joanna Newsom fan.
  14. 70
    While none of the new album’s hooks match the taurine-mainlining rush of “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” there’s still lots to love.
  15. A shamelessly melodic, wild and powerful pop record. [10 Feb 2007]
  16. Anthems are plenty on "Infinity on High," and odds are good the fans are so well versed in bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz's pun-saturated, self-referential verbiage that they'll simply surrender -- as they should -- to the familiar burly riffs and candied hooks.
  17. Fall Out Boy hasn’t turned into a band of rock-star blowhards yet; it’s still too hyperactive and catchy. But the songs were more fun when it was a band of underdogs. [5 Feb 2007]
  18. So when you see Infinity On High getting praised, don’t bother scoffing. This deserves to get praised. There's a lot on here that's great and pretty much nothing that's bad.
  19. Essentially, Infinity On High is From Under The Cork Tree, except this time done well.
  20. With a unique Backstreet Boys meets Bon Jovi production sheen, every track holds its own.
  21. Like Maroon 5... Fall Out Boy has found a middle ground where its raffish charm is edgy enough to engage teens in love with angst, and safe enough for the mass consumption that's sure to follow.
  22. So once you get over the fact it’s farcically emo, this album turns out to be a decent enough record to get you in the mood for the Saturday night indie disco.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 111
  2. Negative: 37 out of 111
  1. Jan 2, 2014
    I never quite understood the hate for this album. I am proud to say that this is by far my favorite Fall Out Boy album, and maybe even one of my favorite albums of all time. Sure, it's a different sound than the normal Fall Out Boy, but it shows that Fall Out Boy are capable of change. From the anthemic opener "Thriller" to the amazing final two tracks "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave" and "I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers", this album always keeps me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    Some hit songs over here, some rock and roll songs over there. Get that and mix it with some experimental music ideas and you get Infinity On High. A mix of the band's rock and roll with external elements, such as R&B and, believe it or not, "Hum Hallelujah" sounds very... well similar to its title in some parts. "Fame Infamy" and "Thriller" are the highlights among the rocking tunes here and "Thnks fr th Mmrs", along with "The Take Over, The Breaks Over", "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and "I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off" are the absolute hits. Then you get the deep melodic "Golden" and the wonderful "The (After) Life of the Party" (another highlight) and you see that this album is very good. Some other tracks are good too but not that much. While everything seems okay, "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" is just a mess. Anyway, Infinity On High is worth checking out. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2013
    With pure fun of songs, the follow-up to From Under The Cork Tree brings songs that arent as good but still show amazing sound and awesome skill.