Panic! At The Disco are one of those bands that you either love or hate, they first appeared seven years ago when emo/pop punk was everywhere, with their debut single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’. They are now about to release their forth studio album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die.
One thing Panic! Do well is completely change their sound from album to album, a brave move for any band. This new album has hints of the first album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ whilst being far more electronic. It has been influenced by the sights and sounds of their home town Las Vegas. Singer Brendon Urie discussed about the album concept in a recent interview with MTV. Stating
“The songs I was writing came from me seeing Vegas in a new light; I mean, when we left Vegas, we were 17, 18 and we were pretty bitter because we couldn’t do all the things everyone else could. We couldn’t play gigs, we weren’t allowed in the bars, so we were pissed off. But in the past couple of years I’ve visited Vegas quite a bit, and I started doing things I never thought I would do, like going out to clubs, and for some reason that really struck a chord with me. People go there to lose themselves in the moment, and drop their guard, and it hit me in a way. Like, ‘Wow, I want to do that. I want to make music like that, that moves people, that’s a party, that makes you feel good.”
The first two tracks are also the first two singles. The opening track ‘This Is Gospel’ is full of catchy melodies and has a big chorus, it’s a great track to open the album and really gives you a taste of whats to come. Where as ‘Miss Jackson’ sounds more like something that would feature on the new ‘Fall Out Boy’ album. It’s a fast paced track but its heavier sound suggests the band have left their pop roots behind, it also features guest vocals from Lolo.
The rock vibe is however, short-lived with more electronic sounds coming into play such as on ‘Girl That You Love’ and ‘Vegas Lights’. They sound like they have been pulled straight out of the 1980‘s. If anything this abundance of electronic sounds do not improve the album as they drown out Brendon Urie’s vocals, which is one of the bands main draws.
‘Vegas Lights will get you dancing but the lyrics leave something to be desired, with the chorus being made up entirely of “Woah Ohs”, it make you wonder if they were an after thought.
‘Girl That You Love’ takes the 80’s them too far, its like a bad 80’s disco with your embarrassing uncle doing the mixing. It doesn’t go anywhere and they went way over the top with the auto tune.
‘The End Of All Things’ is the perfect way to close the album being the only ballad on the album it makes a lovely change from the rest of the over synthesized tracks before it.
On ‘To Weird To Live, To Rare To Die’ it seems to be every time you get and upbeat song that could really lift your mood it’s followed by something that will put you back into a dreary mood. This album is definitely not one of Panic! At The Disco’s best, it’s far too over produced, it’s an auto-tune nightmare. There are some tracks that show promise as singles but they are few and far between and too many of the tracks leave us wanting to press the skip button.
Written by: Samantha Stott