Infinity on High

 
Harmless music that most kids have on their iPod.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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."

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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."

Music details

Artist:Fall Out Boy
Release date:February 6, 2007
Label:Island
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx September 11, 2011
age 11+
 

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, like in "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and many songs with innuendo like "Thnks fr th Mmrs". Parents (particularly Christian) may not like the repetitve use of the G-d phrase in "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" either (though they may like "Golden"), but other than that, the language is fairly tame with a few uses of 'hell' in the context of "come hell or high water" and similar phrases. The drug use for the most part is limited to the context of making fun of celebrities like in "The (After)Life of the Party", but the chorus of "Hum Hallelujah says "I sing the blues and swallow them, too" (referring to Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication) and the singular line "sometimes we take chances/sometimes we take pills". "Bang the Doldrums" does mention passing out (presumably from an overdose) once. However, in the end, older mature tweens can listen to it because it skewers these concepts to make fun of fame, and all to a good beat.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old August 5, 2010
age 10+
 
I like fall out boy!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2010
age 10+
 

Great album for anyone who likes good music

@Cjbear_10: the lyrics in those songs do make sense they are just metaphorical. Anyway I will let you know right now that I love fall out boy. It's got Some of the best lyrics I have ever heard with great pop punk music to back it up. Violence: One line is "death on in a double bed" and there are alot of references to weapons, especially on This Ain't A Scene It's An Arms Race", although the references are metaphorical. Sex: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (one of my least favorites) talks about getting someone out of their clothes (wink, wink) but nothing really explicit or graphic (kids have probably heard far worse at school). Language: There are some uses of "h*ll" and the word "God-damned" is used an estimated 12 times but it is used correctly (literaly meaning condemned by God instead of just an interjection) although kids still shouldn't be saying it. Drugs/Alcohol: Talks about taking pills and the effects of doing so. Overall I still think it is an AWESOME album. PG for Some Language.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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