Album Review: Panic! at the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, hit the stores on October 8th.  Lead vocal Brendon Urie’s characteristic wide range and unique rock style can be heard in this ten track album. This album has a romantic theme throughout with a different interpretation of love that you can look for that isn’t as prominent in their previous albums.

This Is Gospel” starts with Spencer Smith’s one drum beat emulating a heartbeat later joined by layered vocals. Urie’s vocal mainly stays in low register until the chorus, when it becomes gospel like with Dallon Weekes joined in on bass with chanting background vocals. It ends with slowing of the heartbeat into nothing. The message of being removed from judgment is uplifting and very fitting with the use of gospel. An optimistic start to an album is always a plus in my books.

Miss Jackson” features soul singer Lolo for a tasty blend of R&B with rock and roll for a love song about a bad girl. Panic! takes chances with incorporating other styles into their rock and it works for them. When they first came out with  A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005, I wasn’t sure if they were emo, punk, or electro. Now, I classify Panic! as it’s own genre because I really can’t place them in one certain box. It’s this quality about them that drew Pete Wentz to push this band from an experimental band in Vegas to a double platinum seller.

They incorporate more of the love theme by including a song about their hometown (“Vegas Lights”), obsessive love (“Girl That You Love”), and my personal favorite, “Nicotine,” which compares love to a drug addiction with a cool bass line.

The End of All Things” is extremely representative of the end of life with a loved one, and also the end of the album. It is a ballad with just piano, violin, and vocals. The words are minimal but powerful (“In these coming years/ Many things will change/ But the way I feel/ Will remain the same”) and the vocals calming. It’s so romantic that it could’ve been written by Nicholas Sparks. The variety of styles incorporated into this album is a great compilation of the out-of-the-box rock and roll style that Panic! has built on in less than a decade and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! is definitely worth recognition.

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