Infinity on High

Music review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Harmless music that most kids have on their iPod.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 56 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Broad themes center on coping with love and lost love, but there's also some self-deprecating insight into living in the limelight ("I'm boring but I overcompensate with headlines and flash photography").

Violence

Metaphoric references to weapons and arms. Mention of "death in a double bed."

Sex

Some sexual innuendo ("getting you out of clothes, if I woke up next to you") but nothing overtly explicit.

Language

Repetitive use of "goddamned" in one song. One mention of hell in another.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

References to taking pills (Blood cells pixelate/and eyes dilate/and the full moon pills got me out on the street at night) and one mention of being "passed out."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this alt rock album contains some mild sexual references such as "conjugal visits" and "one-night stand." There's also some very soft profanity ("goddamed" and "hell") as well as a couple of references to taking pills and passing out.

User Reviews

Adult Written bymoviefan17 April 9, 2008

Love this Album

When my parents got this cd for me, I loved it when I listened to it. I love the lyrics and of course the band, they're awesome.They know how to kickass on... Continue reading
Adult Written bymollybab April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old August 5, 2010
I like fall out boy!
Teen, 15 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx September 11, 2011

Best for mature kids, but they'll love it!

While the music is absolutely awesome with great variety, many younger kids listen to this music who may not understand the metaphorical references to violence,... Continue reading

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."

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