A slew of reviews are on the way, and This Is Gospel starts your train ride. This is probably the final package before I wrap it all up, so expect nothing more coming. These are the few songs left.
Music video for This Is Gospel.
What an opener and what a way to get the pump and hype going for Panic!'s At The Disco's new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! with a big exclamation mark at the end, just like the first word of the band. What this symphony, also known as This Is Gospel, instantly stares out straight is the vocoder-synced in with Brendon Urie's voice as he sings in the beginning. Now if you actually read some P!ATD news a couple of days ago, then you'd know that Spencer Smith, their drummer and close friend of frontman Brendon, has just been sent into rehab for his drug addiction. This is probably why they released this specific track as the second single in time for their tour with Fall Out Boy, of which, Spencer will not be joining the band in. This is a really rough time for him, and as close friend and singer Brendon states, 'I love you. I believe in you. Just show up and don't ever give up.'
If Spencer's drums are anything to go by, then this track is short of nothing of it. The percussion is just winding through the track, ever-building and exploding at the peak of the chorus. That's one of the reasons why Brendon's vocals are usually immersive and tangible, as the hook emerges like another top-notch professional work that only Panic! themselves and themselves only, can create. It was a totally different void that they've left us in back when they released Miss Jackson, and to only average scores so far, This Is Gospel will top it all off and even get us amped for their album dropping October 8th (sadly, examinations will make me miss the album's date). The band has been well-known for instrumentation that is just amazing from the sights to the sounds, their music videos delivering since I Write Sins Not Tragedies, and they are just one band that never seems to have that controversy, if not the most consistent band around. The lyrics here are also a step higher than Miss Jackson, and Brendon Urie's really been insanely hard at it since their previous writer and drummer, Ryan Ross leaving the band, and is just bringing the lyrical craft to another level. Though it's really hard to know the lyrics if you're starting out, but I'd say slowly let it sink in before you try to tread the murky waters which are the words that you might not know. After all, they are one of my favourite bands of all time, so past albums are worth a tutorial much.
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ORIGINALITY: 8/10 - This is classic Panic! At The Disco. Nuff' said.
SOUND: 8/10 - The drums are clear, and there's nothing that will leave you wanting. Everything set in place, it leaves you wanting even more.
LYRICS: 9/10 - The lyrical content packs a solid punch. There's nothing out there like this, just nothing.
OVERALL: 25/30 - Panic! At The Disco do like to try out new stuff, with the transition of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out to Pretty. Odd. was marked as one of the most daring moves in rock history. Will they surprise us again because if This Is Gospel is this great, then the album will be just embedded into us. This track is mighty, emotional and terrifically well-balanced that will leave you hanging on your breath. Play it for days until 8th October fans.
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