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Infinity on High
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
Fall Out Boy has gleaned the best from their pop-punk roots and emo influences to become more of a traditional rock band. Since their last album, much of the focus has been on bassist Pete Wentz, whose celebrity has often eclipsed the band's accomplishments. INFINITY ON HIGH, however, shines the spotlight back on Fall Out Boy's music -- a pleasing mix of pop, punk, and even a bit of hip-hop (Jay-Z makes an appearance on \"Thriller\"). Coming to grips with both fame and notoriety, the band's lyrics repeatedly expose their take-it-or-leave-it attitude. In \"Thriller,\" they fix their attention on their faithful fans: \"Crowds are won and lost and won again/but our hearts beat for the diehards.\"
Is it any good?
Full of lush melodies, danceable drum tracks, and catchy choruses, Infinity on High shows off lead singer Patrick Stump's strong and soulful vocals; while the band's sound continues to get bigger and bolder. The band often says more in a title than some bands say in entire songs ("I've Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers," for example). The lyrics don't quite live up to the cleverness of their titles, but they cover some sweeping themes, such as love, loneliness, and goodbyes, with intelligence and solid beats.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of fame and success -- a recurring theme throughout the album. Would you be grateful or resentful of the positive and negative attention that goes hand-in-hand with becoming a sudden celebrity? How can you hold on to some sort of normalcy when you're famous? Families can also discuss how this band plays with language to create interesting and clever song titles such as "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" and "Bang the Doldrums."