So Miss Jackson... are you really nasty?
Click here for the music video for Miss Jackson!
So Panic! is back! Well, a new single, a new tour with Fall Out Boy and now even a new album. I am not surprised by the album title, which goes by the name of 'Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die'. And yes, if you haven't heard of the single which was released the past few days, then well you've been missing out on a little. Just a little.
I'm going straight for the jugular here, and I have to say human instincts tells me, it sounds dubiously alike to Fall Out Boy's comeback single, Light Em Up. Which I feel, is a good thing because Light Em Up had amazing success on the charts, let's not forget Save Rock And Roll as well, with that being one of my favourite albums of 2013. However, for Panic, it seems to be a slight change of concord because after all, this is not their style. Miss Jackson sounds slightly rock pop, making it not as unique as say their past albums. Maybe slightly altered from Vices & Virtues, it still doesn't feel like Brendan Urie on the microphone... it just seems so alienated. In fact, too alienated. Well, maybe Butch Walker may have added a tad too much, as he might've known both FOB and P!ATD are under the same label and good friends as well, but this is just too similar.
Lolo, the guest spot, also feels a little awkward. When was the last time P!ATD had a guest spot that was moved off as a single? Yeah, question answered. Still, her presence was still a pleasant welcome, a nice shift up at the start as well as the bridge. She plays a little part however, as Brendan's vocal power instantly overtakes and leads the charge. Well, it is Brendan Urie after all.
And the lyrics this time seems a little less intricate then what I had imagined from them. Still hypothetical, but those lines from the past songs don't stand out as much as I thought it would. That being said, it is still a hyped song and it is really intense at some parts. Not to forget, those memorable and often times amazing backdrop of backing vocals just deliver the kick-ass tone that is just extremely raw.
ORIGINALITY: 7/10 - The uniqueness may have faded, but the innovation doesn't seem stifled and, despite it being rough around the edges, it is still a pleasure to listen to.
SOUND: 8/10 - Amazing backing vocals, tremendous moments and just insane production value.
LYRICS: 7/10 - Not as good as before, but it is still streamline consistent if anything at all.
OVERALL: 22/30 - Although it sounds iffy, this song especially if you're a Panic! fan, will take some time getting used to. It's not a classic return or a high achievement contest, but it is still Brendan Urie and his weird Vine videos. Play it for days and I will tell you why.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.