Yes! This is exactly what I hoped that they'd do after From Under the Cork Tree since my favourite songs from that album were the poppier ones; Infinity on High takes it to the next level and delivers some fun and energetic pop rock!
The 14 tracks on display here feel quite daunting at first, and overall the album does feel quite bloated, but god damn these songs are really good! A lot of the time they make strange decisions that make it feel like it's not gonna work, like Jay-Z's part in the intro of Thriller or the weird strings in Thnks fr th Mmrs or the strange dance-punk kinda thing on This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race or the interpolation of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah on Hum Hallelujah, but in the end those grievances don't really matter because the actual songs are solid as fuck, with great, energetic instrumentation and choruses that absolutely soar. I guess you could argue that they sold out here but frankly I don't care. I had a lot of fun with this album and I'm desperately hoping it wasn't a fluke.
Favourite tracks: "The Take Over, the Breaks Over" | This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race | Thnks fr th Mmrs | Don't You Know Who I Think I Am? | Fame < Infamy
Least favourite track: Golden