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Converting to a Fall Out Boy fan

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By DeAndre Simon

By DeAndre Simon

Fall Out Boy’s new album, entitled “Infinity On High,” can only be described as exactly that: infinite potential at the peak of their career.

I was always somewhat of a Fall Out Boy fan, but never to the point that I would actually purchase a full length album, until now.

You can officially sign me up for the Fall Out boy fan club. After hearing this harmoniously astounding album, I have no choice but consider it a force to be reckoned with.

The first track entitled “Thriller” only can be described with a wide, fulfilling and accepting smile from ear to ear as the song has an intro from multi-platinum recording artist Jay-Z. As a Jay-Z fanatic, it was a great treat to hear his voice first on the album.

“Thriller” is the perfect introductory song, getting straight to the point and addressing the group’s critics. Another well known artist, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, produces the can’t-help-but-nod-your-head hit “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs.”

“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” reminds me a lot of a My Chemical Romance track as it’s dark and comes along perfectly.

“Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am?” is incredibly infectious, complete with hand claps and superb drumming from Andy Hurley. Patrick Stump shines on each song, as his vocals have never sounded better. It’s plain to see that Stump and Hurley are MVPs on this album.

The rest of the album shines with slow-moving ballads like “Golden” and ridiculously catchy romps like “I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You).” There is also something to be said about a song called “Hum Hallelujah” that is almost painfully catchy.

You’ll find yourself singing lyrics that you didn’t even know you knew by the end of this album. With the perfect final touch, the last song ends with a simple request that I suggest to everyone planning on purchasing this album, press repeat.

There’s something almost whimsical in all of Fall Out Boy’s songs, nonsensical to an extent, but whimsical nonetheless.

I’m sufficiently educated and I can’t even begin to fathom what in God’s name provides them with inspiration. One thing I know for sure is that you can throw on the CD and be lost in it for hours.

While the lyrics retain that distinctive Fall Out Boy flair from one song to the next, the musical mood fluctuates wildly. It’s almost like John Mayer, The Fray and My Chemical Romance had an ugly child, but it’s beautiful in its strange diversity.

The point is, Fall Out Boy is branching out and it’s an amazing thing.

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