Panic! at the Disco


Panic! at the Disco’s new album, “Too Weird to Live, to Rare to Die.”

By Jessica Rowan, Staff Writer

I’ve been expecting Panic! at the Disco’s latest album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,” since I heard about it a few months ago. Though it’s different from their usual sound, it hasn’t disappointed me. I’ve listened to this band since I was too young to understand what any of the lyrics meant, and I’m proud to admit that I’ve grown up with them.

With every new album that comes out, Panic! at the Disco has a new sound, something totally different from their previous CDs. This album, accompanying their trademark sassy lyrics, has a more electronic sound.

It’s different, sure, but it still feels like the same band. Brendon Urie’s voice is captivating, and the vocals fit the music. It’s fun, and sad, and altogether encompassing. So far, my favorite song is the fifth on the album, “Nicotine.” But all of the songs are pretty addictive and catchy. But be warned, they got really friendly with the use of auto-tune. Each song has a generous amount of auto-tune, which might bother some people.

Throughout the years, Panic! at the Disco has bounced around genres. I’ve seen them classified as “emo-pop”, “alternative pop” and “folk” when their second album came out. The new songs all have a similar sound, yet all differ so strongly. Most people have probably heard “Miss Jackson” on the radio, but I wouldn’t base an opinion on the album on that song alone. To be honest, I’d call that sound the “red-headed step child” in the family.

Like a lot of music out nowadays, the theme of most of the songs is love. You can feel the passion behind Urie’s delicious vocals, and the meaning behind the lyrics. It’s truly delightful. Everything about this album is awesome. I do have favorite songs, but overall every song is worth a listen, and the album is worth the buy.