Panic! at the Disco has seen it’s fair share of changes over the years, but it seems like the new lineup has found their own sound.
Earlier this year Brendon Urie went back into the studio alongside Spencer Smith and Dallon Weekes to record their new album ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.’ The album has a wonderful mix of techno influences and good ole’ use of unconventional instruments and vocals.
The third track off of the album ‘Vegas Lights’ is a perfect example of the odd but perfect combination. The beginning of the song is an old children’s rhyme that sounds like it came out of School House Rock. The track then goes directly into a techie beat that is catchy and dance worthy. Only Panic could make that odd union work and sound stunning. This could arguably be my favorite track off of the album.
Another song that I can’t get out of my head is ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’. This song takes a very controversial topic in todays politics and turns it into a cryptic song. I didn’t realize what the song was about until the third time I heard it. The song is about a girl who undeceive of weather of not she is in love with a guy or a girl. “I am just a villain vying for attention from a girl/ A girl who can’t decide and here’s the reason why/ Girls love girls and boys.”
‘Miss Jackson’, the first single off of the album, is skyrocketing it’s way on the charts to becoming the first pop hit of the fall. And following its pop hit predecessors, the track is about making very bad choice when you are young and not realizing the consequence until you are much older.It is rumored that the song is about Urie’s past mistreatment of women when he was younger. Aside from its personal and deeper meaning this song is extremely catchy and will have you singing, “Miss Jackson/ Miss Jackson/ Miss Jackson are you nasty.”
One song that took me surprise was ‘Girl That You Love.’ It has a heavily influenced tones from Depeche Mode. The song is one of the darker ones off of the album and is strangely beautiful. Urie’s voice is odd and alluring. It makes me wish that the song was longer.
Overall this a nearly flawless album for Panic. The only complaint I have is that it is a very short. There are only ten songs that run just short of 35 minutes. Other than that this is an album to own and never take out of your car stereo. ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die’ comes out October 8.