I got to hear Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! yesterday, and it's about damn time Panic!. Let's get to it.
Album Stream on YouTube.
So Brendon and co. uploaded the whole 8 other tracks up on to YouTube and with most of my things done, I decided to check it out and this album is reigning in my mind ever since. However, the downsides are easily separable and marked. So each of Panic! At The Disco's albums have all been in a genre of their own, a class that is unmatched and definitely hard to replicate once more. 8 years after A Fever You Can't Sweat Out explosively debuted, we receive the band's fourth album and a conclusive effort for a band that is ever-changing album to album, and so affectionate to their core that this album, although lucid, is probably a cut better than Vices And Virtues. But this album suffers from one thing, and it has plagued almost a quarter of the songs.
The album drowns itself into unnecessary electronic mayhem. Whether it was the band's idea or not, it is really disappointing to hear raunchy and fallacious attempts to fill the album. Girl That You Love spearheads this example, with the dance beat sinking it heavily, along with substandard lyrics to accompany it. Girls/Girls/Boys offer nothing better, and in return seems to be an awkward mess to an album that is Vegas-themed with such lofty controls of the listing. Yes, the track listing does not even handle itself well. What's with sandwiching Girl That You Love with Nicotine and Vegas Lights together?
While those are all of my complains, this album is altogether sophisticated, unique and brilliantly written. With This Is Gospel and Miss Jackson, the first two tracks and the first two singles, the album has been a shot above Vices and Virtues in all directions. Vegas Lights is the track that first caught me by surprise, with a dance-club anthemic driving force that grabs you intimately. Nicotine, also amazingly well-written, is probably my favourite song of the entire album. Desperate, contextually jarring and absolutely immense - the song doesn't suffer from any of it's electronic mess that has lingered in the past few songs. It is loud and is Brendon Urie at it's best, something that has not happened in a long time. So many of the tracks are just a tier of their own. Casual Affair is vibrant and seems to be a mixture of the complicated wreck that is their past albums and the new instruments of the current Panic!. Far Too Young To Die is seemingly vintage and classy, with Brendon telling another superb tale of his own. Collar Full is also another great song along with the closer, The End Of All Things. Collar Full is desperate and crashes into you from afar, and is vocally triumphant. The End Of All Things is perfect as the last track. With a piano introduction and creativity breathing through it, you will not be underwhelmed.
Another problem I have is the length of these songs. 32 minutes? It's not enough! However in Panic!'s case, it seems less is more as this album truly is top-notch, and something only they can deliver. Brendon's vocals are spot-on; Spencer's drums are core to some of the songs; even Dallon Weekes, the bass guitarist, is also important. Apart from the very void fillers, this album could've been much much better.
8/10: Who could've thought this is the album we'd end up with? Tracks like Nicotine, Miss Jackson, Collar Full and This Is Gospel are some tracks you ought to download. While The End Of All Things and Casual Affair are seamlessly amazing as well. All in all, the album is a much better shot than the predecessor album. For the negative reviews, I can see why. You're going to either love it or hate it fully; but it's going to hit new fans around the corner and might surprise the faithful. To me though, I can't say it's as bad as it is, for it's Panic! At The Disco. You're going to be mesmerized by each of their albums, and Too Weird... is the sufficient adequate, if not, a better harrowing experience that you'll have to overcome for the rest of October. I've been waiting for this album for too long.
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