Released in February 2007, Infinity on High is Fall Out Boy's the third studio album which experiments with musical genres outside of pop-punk. As a departure from their previous sound, the album features collaborations with guest artists Jay Z and Babyface, as well as additional instruments including violins, horns and pianos. Speaking of the pressure to follow the success of From Under the Cork Tree, Patrick Stump said:
The second you worry about other people's expectations is the second you can expect failure. Not that we didn't have big hopes for this albumówe wanted our fans to love it more than anything. But put it this way: We don't sit around second-guessing everything. If you do that, you're bound to make sterile music, and that's when you can expect failure.
From the album, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", "Thnks fr th Mmrs", "The Take Over, the Breaks Over" and "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)" were officially released as singles.
Reviews were generally positive from critics, many of which praised the band's new musical direction and Patrick Stump's vocals. One month after its release, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding one million copies.
The lyrics were once again written by bassist Pete Wentz, who drew inspiration from Lil Wayne. Thematically, many songs appear to resentfully address fame and the challenge of maintaining a loyal fanbase. This is especially true for the song, "Thriller", which autobiographically reflects on the years following the success of From Under the Cork Tree.
An 1888 letter penned by Vincent van Gogh to his brother is credited as the source of the album's title. While the band haven't commented on its relation to the album's themes, many have interpreted it the band finding the strength within themselves to rise above critics. In the letter, Gogh expresses the positive effect of his renewed health upon his art, saying:
Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
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