Panic! At the Disco
Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!


3.0
good

Review

by Atari CONTRIBUTOR (110 Reviews)
October 5th, 2013 | 135 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Panic tweak their formula yet again...crafting another solid, but imperfect album.

If there’s one thing that can be said about Panic At The Disco at this point, it’s that they’ve never made the same album twice. Sure, every album is packed with Brendon Urie’s charismatic vocals, and with each release we get a glimpse of the band’s bizarre music videos, but they tend to try something a little different each time they hit the studio. With their sophomore album Pretty Odd, they ditched their brand of dance infused pop-punk and took a more daring approach-- even drawing influences from The Beatles. The album received mixed reviews, but it proved the band weren’t afraid to try new things, and that’s exactly what they do on their latest affair, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

Inspired by vocalist Brendon Urie’s hometown, the songs on Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! are often as theatrical as Vegas itself. In fact, the album name is taken directly from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ which finds two men entangled in a world of drugs. Needless to say, this concept alone is enough to perk one’s interest, and although the album doesn’t always hit the right notes, it ultimately achieves its goal. Much like the novel turned movie, it’s unique, entertaining, and full of highs and lows.

Not every song packs a punch, but the opening track and single ‘This is Gospel’ starts the album off with a bang. The verses are brought to life by an eccentric vocal performance by Urie that’s tweaked with a vocoder-- but rather than take away from the experience, it actually makes it more interesting. It manages to keep the listener hooked as it leads into the soaring chorus which is graced with Urie’s natural singing voice. Drummer and longtime member Spencer Smith is also quite impressive and his skillful use of percussion adds that extra kick to the track. The same can be said for the first single of the album, ‘Miss Jackson’. It’s not as strong as the first track, but Smith’s work behind the kit is the real highlight. Much like the rest of the album, both songs also seem to have a little 80‘s influence thrown in, but it’s so subtle that it works better than one might expect.

Unfortunately, the album is not without its dull moments and they ultimately weaken the experience. ‘Vegas Lights’ and 'Girls/Girls/Boys’ are easily the biggest duds and the choruses are just too damn repetitive and uninspired to be taken seriously. However, every time the band falls down, they pick themselves back up, and songs like ‘Nicotine’ are so addicting that you’ll soon forgive the album for its flaws. The closing track ‘The End of All Things’ is also enjoyable and quite an unexpected way to end the album. The unique combination of the piano and Urie’s enhanced vocal-effects makes for quite a soothing, almost therapeutic listen.

For an album that borrows its name from the drug-crazed Hunter S. Thompson novel, one might expect a bit more of a thrill ride than Panic’s latest effort is able to deliver. At times, it’s a mixed bag of an album-- but for the most part it manages to intrigue and there are enough great jams to make it an album worth checking out. It’s also nice to know that even though they don’t always knock the ball out of the park, Panic is still willing to try something new with each and every release.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

streaming on several sites.

http://www.underthegunreview.net/2013/09/30/panic-at-the-disco-stream-new-album-in-full/

was overall an enjoyable effort

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Calc
October 5th 2013


12301 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so disappointing [2]

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah. I almost gave it a 3.5 but a couple songs really suck lol.

manosg
October 5th 2013


6537 Comments


Not my style but review is very well written, have a mental pos.

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Calc
October 5th 2013


12301 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I get that some bands like "experimenting" but this is a case of if it ain't broke dont fix it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks manosg - cheers buddy

spartanawasp
October 5th 2013


303 Comments


My only complaint is that it's only 32 minutes long.

pjquinones747
October 5th 2013


766 Comments


I completely disagree. I was massively disappointed in this album. There are maybe 4 songs that don't
actually piss me off when I hear them, and even then I don't like them much at all. I get pissed at
the others because of how good they used to be and how uninteresting most of their songs are now. Well
written review though.

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CutMan
October 5th 2013


1793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Funny, "Girls/Girls/Boys" was one of the few tracks other than the singles that I enjoyed.

pjquinones747
October 5th 2013


766 Comments


^"Girls/Girls/Boys" is one of them for me. Fun song.

tmagistrelli
October 5th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hate to be that guy but *brendon

Vices & Virtues was the bomb, and I was expecting once Urie tightened up his lyricism the album would have been a masterpiece. This fell short of that, at least he's writing lyrics at college level now. But yeah Girls/Girls/Boys is a dud. I was very impressed with Collar Full and Nicotine though. And I agree on this is gospel

silentstar
October 5th 2013


2281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really enjoyed Vices and Virtues when it came out (I still listen to Ready to Go and Trade Mistakes once in a while) but this album will wear out way too quickly. The hooks are way too shallow, even if catchy (like Nicotine)

tmagistrelli
October 5th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ agreed this won't age very well

TooLateToGoBack
October 5th 2013


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disappointing album - especially after the greatness that was "Vices & Virtues"

:/

tmagistrelli
October 5th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

vices for life

Cygnatti
October 5th 2013


21890 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Calc, that's crap. I'd much rather see this band and similar ones to experiment than continue with their old boring style before that everyone else was already doing.

As long as they don't pull a "save rock and roll" anyways.

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TooLateToGoBack
October 5th 2013


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vices for life [2]

Green Baron
October 5th 2013


20246 Comments


fever >

Calc
October 5th 2013


12301 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yes, I do want more of the same. not this boring crap.

tmagistrelli
October 5th 2013


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has bright spots andcas, but it's nowhere near the quality of vices.... like why the hell is there so many effects on urie's voice?



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