Forget Panic! and play it safe?

Too weird to live, too rare to die!

Artist: Panic! at the Disco

Album: Too weird to live, too rare to die!

Rating: 7/10

 The usually risky and confident Panic! at the Disco take a safe “poppy” route with their latest album, Too weird to live, too rare to die! .

I have loved Panic! for their cynical, but happy about it outlook ever since their debut album. The pop rock band has been evolving and experimenting with their sound with great success since 2004. We got dramatic in their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out; vintage in Pretty. Odd and a great mix of both in Vices and Virtues. Too Weird to live and Too Rare to Die! has a slightly disappointing top 40 feel to it, with songs that are repetitive and a little drawn out.

The Vegas-themed album speaks of drugs (“nicotine”), sex (“Miss Jackson”) and Rock ‘n Roll (“Vegas lights”). While slightly impersonal at times, Brendon Urie displays his talent for lyric writing and his smooth and cool vocal range.

The most memorable tracks are: “This is Gospel” which starts the album off, with dramatic and whiny lyrics that will be stuck in your head for at least a few hours. “Miss Jackson” references Janet Jackson’s “Nasty Boy” and is cheeky and has a new R&B twist. In “Nicotine” a poetic comparison between love and smoking raises a few eyebrows with the use of a few “f-bombs”, but the track is as addictive and catchy as a cigarette. “The End of All Things” is the only slow and heartfelt song on the album, the fact that the song consists of Urie’s wedding vows makes it that more haunting and strangely sad.

While this album may not match Panic!’s older sound, I find this album to be experimental and eclectic and difficult to define- just like Panic! at the Disco and I predict that there will be a few radio hits coming from this album.  

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