So, I’m trying to do something for Mew Sunday-Friday. As the clock struck 11 PM on Sunday, I had nothing. I had, however, just finished finding and downloading a copy of Infinity On High, Fall Out Boy’s newest album that had suspiciously found its way to many year-end Best lists. Because of that, I’m writing my review of this album upon my first listen:
The first voice you hear on this album is Jay-Z. Did you know that? Me neither. Also, Charles is G-chatting me…how can I focus on this album? This singer does have a nice voice, I guess. I already feel like I’m in high school again with these chunky stupid guitars. This song ends with more Hova.
- The Take Over, The Break’s Over
First few seconds and this is already a jam. It’s just a good pop song. I listened to this podcast with Steve Albini a few days ago and he said something akin to, “I don’t get why every album isn’t made in a week” or something and I totally agreed. It seems so wasteful and disingenious to spend a shit ton of money on time and an album in some ways. But then I hear how awesomely over-produced this song is and am kind of glad not everyone follows Steve Albini’s advice.
- This Ain’t A Scene, It’s an Arms Race
I think this was a single/I thought this was Maroon 5 at the beginning. But this is also a good pop song; good for secret indulgences and dancing around your room. Going back to Maroon 5: The singer really does sound like that other dude at times in this song, but I can imagine Fall Out Boy fans talk shit loads of smack about how pussy Maroon 5 is.
- I’m Like A Lawyer With The Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)
I’m growing wary of how long these song titles are. This chorus sounds like it’s played in the Juniors department of Kohl’s. It should be noted that I’ve never been inside a Kohl’s, so that’s pretty prejudiced of me to say.
- Hum Hallelujah
This does sound like some band I listened to in high school. You know, I was just thinking a few days ago what pretty voice the guy from Animal Chin/The Stereo had, and the Fall Out Boy singer sort of has a similar thing going on. They’re both on Fueled By Ramen, too. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly–beneath all those hoodies and angular haircuts–there are giant pop fans.
Oh, I love seamless track segues! No joke…I think it’s a hallmark of great albums (Paul’s Boutique, Pinkerton, The Soft Bulletin, etc.). I think that was the slow serious song.
- Thanks for the Memories
Sweet horns and strings at the beginning. God, Albini and I were such fools. This is on radio, too. I’ve heard this before and I wasn’t as into it at some other Fall Out Boy song I heard on Top 40. Hmm, maybe this is too too over-produced. But what do I know–this song got on radio, presumably a lot.
- Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am?
I think the deal is that the member-waving bassist writes all the songs, right? Shame, cause I think I’d be even more into a solo album from this singer.
- The (After) Life of the Party
These track names are a pain to type, still. This song maybe sounds like a future prom song. But then it has a chorus that isn’t very slow dancy. It is sort of dramatic though, so maybe it’ll be used for prom montages and not actual proms. Other suitable montages: longing, breaking up, first hump (in the rain).
- The Carpal Tunnel of Love
That’s just a stupid name. Maybe this song is all about Internet loves. I would tell you, but I can’t really pay attention to lyrics. There are some vaguely hardcore shouts on this song.
- Bang the Doldrums
I heard the guitarist of this band has some sweet metal riffs that Liars found out about because of happenstance and his shared Itunes folder: I could see that. I don’t know anything about guitars, but there was a lot of tapping or something at the beginning and that always sounds impressive. Also, in an issue of Heeb, said guitarist recommended reading The Wicked Son by David Mamet, which was perhaps my first time being intrigued about this band.
- Fame < Infamy
Putting a lesser than sign in your song title totally allows you to relate to/make math cooler for your high school demographic. This is almost like a PSA for math! I think I’ll be into this song eventually.
- You’re Crashing, But You’re No Wave
I think this might be the hard driving political song. And there’s a piano in it, which–besides mariachi horns–usually gets me on a song’s good side. Oh snap–I think there’s totally a little subtle “Life is a Highway” rip off in this song. Well played, Fall Out Boy. Well. Played.
- I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers
There were horns at the beginning which were a good thing. And then the beat sounded like a lot of their other songs, but I’m still fairly into it. That was the end of the album. I guess it’s pretty good, but as far as a band I am embarrassed to admit I like, I think I’d rather say The Format. Man, that album is solid.