Review Summary: Combine Omni with Minus The Bear's previous albums, with predictable results.
What exactly is there to say about an album that is both thankfully reassuring and sadly disappointing? Perhaps the best thing to say to sum up exactly what the problem with Infinity Overhead is, is that it is exactly what I expected it to be: Better than Omni and not as good as any of the albums preceding it. It's almost tempting to deride the band and album completely as being all style and no substance; there's Dave Knudson, doing his signature bending and tapping, off-kilter riffs; there's Jake Snider, with the exact same vocal delivery as always, his warm and always just slightly distant sounding croon thickly embedded; there's Cory Murchy doing-actually, where is he? What is promising is that Erin Tate and Alex Rose have both improved: the synths this time around are for the most part much more comfortably unobtrusive, and Erin Tate (who has always been solid and somewhat overlooked) is groovy and energetic. There's songs like "Diamond Lightning" and "Toska" that recall Planet of Ice, with their atmospheric production and digestible guitar noodling (and don't get me wrong here; Dave Knudson has a fantastic showing on this album, especially on closer "Cold Company", where his finger-tapping chromatics reach dizzying heights.)
In short, there's just not much to say about this album because there is simply nothing new on display. While it may be unfair to compare this so much to their previous albums, it is integral to do so to understand the failing of this effort. Where Omni found Minus The Bear losing their way, this album simply sees them finding their way back, but not at all finding a road to forge ahead. It is still a very fun and musically exceptional album, but perhaps the title of track 7 can most successfully describe the inherent flaw; "Empty Party Rooms." Where Planet of Ice saw the band maturing and mostly moving past the admittedly goofy demeanor of their first two efforts, Omni and Infinity Overhead are content to be merely fun and enjoyable, which is most disappointing. Fans know that Minus The Bear are capable of so much more, and while not nearly as much as Omni, Infinity Overhead still comes sadly close to sounding like an Empty Party Room.
Combine Omni with Minus The Bear's previous albums, with predictable results.
Your summary kinda bothers me. You basically said, "Take their latest album, and then all the albums before it, and you can guess what this album sounds like." That pretty much describes 95% of every single new album to come out ever.