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Fall Out Boy 

Infinity on High

Fall Out Boy
Infinity on High
(Island/Fueled by Ramen)
“All the boys who the dance floor didn’t love, all the girls whose lips couldn’t move fast enough: sing, until your lungs give out.” It’s a call and response, from the killer single “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” you’d love to see live, though you know from TV that Patrick Stump’s voice translates to a desperate yell on stage. No matter. This is the follow-up to 2005’s surprise hit From Under the Cork Tree, upon which Chicago’s Fall Out Boy rocketed to celebrity. The band’s love-hate relationship with fame is splayed succinctly across the opener “Thriller”: “Make us poster boys for your scene/but we are not making an acceptance speech.” A weird bunch of influences combine, including co-producer Babyface, a nod to Meat Loaf in the title and lyrics of the ballad “I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me + You)” and a bizarre “We Belong”-style opening to “The (After)Life of the Party.” Nothing here catches like “Dance, Dance” but bassist Pete Wentz’s dense, wordy lyrics fall, barely, on the side of arrogance that makes clear why he has become the band’s breakout star. Maybe you just feel bad because he OD’d on Ativan—or because you’ve seen his ween—but his smartass charm is offset by his love for his job and his fans, making him one of our more relatable rock stars. When Stump sings, “We only want to sing you to sleep in your bedroom speakers,” you believe him.
—Tara Thorne
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