Ten years ago, Fall Out Boy released their highly anticipated third studio release Infinity on High, and was well received by fans new and old. With singles like “This ain’t a Scene, it’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks Fr the Mmrs”, Infinity brought the band a larger fan base and more commercial success. After From Under the Cork Tree (2005), many fans were anxiously waiting to see what the Chicago natives could deliver for their next installment. After their rise to the emo scene in the early to mid-2000’s, they had high expectations placed on their shoulders, and luckily for us the hard work paid off.
What makes the album stand out is the change of pace and style from its predecessors Take This to Your Grave (2003), and the aforementioned From Under the Cork Tree. Taking a departure from unrequited love songs and classic emo tropes, Infinity on High tackled subjects like instant fame and the power of the media creating celebrities. Vocalist Patrick Stump and bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz incorporated insightful, yet catchy lyrics accompanied by the band’s high-octane energy not seen since the band first made it big in 2005.
When they’re not in your face with metallic guitar riffs and emo-inspired banter, Wentz and Stump know when to slow it down on tracks such as “Golden” and “The (After) Life of a Party”. The variation of the album is what truly makes it unique, as “Golden” smoothly transitions into “Thnks Fr the Mmrs” which is a faster paced, MTV styled anthem. The album introduced fresher ideas to bring something new to the table, and it works great as a whole. Though, not one song sounds the same as the previous track, everything flows well together from start to finish. This is something that Fall Out Boy has always been good with in the past, but bringing in smaller quirks to familiar sounding emo tunes keeps listeners on their toes.
Fall Out Boy has been a staple in the mid-2000’s; Infinity on High was the band’s thank you letter to fans, and their response to becoming a huge success in such a short amount of time. Ten years later, the album is still a hit and the singles are just as entertaining as they were in 2007. While still maintaining some of their emo charm, they successfully brought something new that old fans would still enjoy.
Post by Kayla Rojas
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