After three albums, countless line-up changes and a divergent split between members, Panic! At The Disco have, yet again, created another work of art with their fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, released on Oct. 8.
Unlike their previous steampunk album titled Vices & Virtues, lead singer and guitarist, Brendon Urie, drummer Spencer Smith and bass guitarist Dallon Weekes have completely changed their sound, but not to anyone’s surprise or disappointment. Each of their albums have a completely different taste, style, mood and feel. With this album, they threw out their steampunk wardrobe and traded it in for a classy, witty and smooth style of pop-rock.
Panic!’s album explores quirky electro-dance with their songs “Vegas Lights”, “Girls/Girls/Boys” and “Girl That You Love”, giving a new techno twist to what sounds like a classic 80s style of music. Their lyrics, as with each of their albums, stays true, honest and lovely. Urie’s voice reflects his deep, philosophical thinking on love and relationships, and the guitar riffs and drum beats keep the songs upbeat and alive.
However, Panic! also delves into a different type of music as well – a passionate pop-rock anthem style like Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll. “Nicotine” has to be one of my favorite songs on their album with its relatable lyrics, the captivating beat and Urie’s thrilling voice. The song reaches out to those lovers who have had their heart broken and helps them know that they aren’t alone in the world. It’s a very touching, thought-provoking song, but gets your blood pumping as well, as if it has multiple layers inside of it.
Another song speaking to the pop-rock style is “A Casual Affair”, but to the darker side of it. Urie lulls you to sleep with this track, talking of lovers becoming sinners and how casual it seems to be in today’s society. Despite having a grim tone and only 15 lines of lyrics, this song has to be my favorite and the best on this album. The music starts with a techno-pop feel, however it transcends and ends with a short yet sweet piano chord. It’s something I’ve never heard of before; two different styles of music crashing into each other but in a beautiful way.
I could go on for pages about each and every song, but the real achievement of Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! is how Urie, Smith and Weekes have dramatically changed their style for the fourth time, but it still stays true to Panic! At The Disco. Although the songs have a different feel to them than the previous three albums, I can still tell that this is a Panic! album due to their intricate lyrics, heartfelt vocals and alluring sound.
Urie, Smith and Weekes have achieved what so many musicians strive for- to change their style completely but still hold onto their fans and have critical acclaim. Many bands have had trouble to do so, such as Green Day and Linkin Park, who have lost some fans over the years because of their dramatic music changes. Panic!, however, has infinite love from their fans, old and new, and especially critics.
They are not afraid to change, which is what really makes them special, unique and confident. Despite having their friends leave their band, mostly because they didn’t agree on what music style they wished to pursue, Urie, Smith and Weekes have achieved a dream they all wanted.
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! brings about a new style of techno-pop, pop-rock and quirky electro-dance tracks. Urie sounds more confident than ever, keeping old fans happy and capturing new ones with every song.
This albums deserves four out of five stars.