By Shelley Queen
Panic! At The Disco come back to life with their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die released today (October 8).
The beating heart of ‘This Is Gospel’ thumping in your eardrums is the first noise you hear on Panic! At The Disco’s latest offering.
And how apt it is, as it seems like this album is a new lease of life for our favourite eccentric rockers.
The two lead singles, ‘Miss Jackson’ and ‘This Is Gospel’, were certainly not pre-cursors for the band released online on Monday.
‘Miss Jackson’ had a new era Fall Out Boy feel to it (in fact it makes a great mash up (Preview) with ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’) and ‘This Is Gospel’ is an anthemic tale of heartbreak.
As for the rest of the album, well if you wanted it summed in a couple of words… Panic! At The Disco meets the Eighties. And god damn it works so well.
‘Girl That You Love’ feels like you are riding with Ryan Gosling a la Drive down a highway in Nevada at night. It’s like the best of eighties electronic music but with a better vocabulary.
‘Vegas Lights’ is so indie pop (but with a guitar and drum line that reminds you that these guys still rock) that you could play it at Propaganda and nobody would bat an eyelid.
‘Nicotine’ is one the favourite tracks and aptly named – damn addictive and has been on repeat from the first listen. This is a track that should sound great live.
Overall, this is a very strong fourth album from the band.
It’s different from anything they’ve done, but not in an unrecognisable way.
You still have the signature marks of Panic! in there – the grandeur style, the memorable lyrics and Brendon Urie’s unique vocals.
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die is the Panic! At The Disco album you’d never expect to hear.
And that’s why it’s so good.