Too Weird to Love, Too Rare to Die
Reviewed by: Lexi Bissonnette
As usual, Panic! At the Disco doesn’t disappoint with their forth album. Much stronger then their second release and even possibly than their third, this echoes much of what made them so great to listen to with their first album. Their sound remained the same with a little more synthesized vocals. They have more guests on the tracks than before but it doesn’t detract from the sound they’re known for, quirky lyrics and song titles. The album had a very mysterious feel like a creepy circus in some instances and it fits great with what they’re known for with some added edge.
From the start this album stepped their game up. “This is Gospel” was eerie with beautiful vocals as always and switched nicely from fast and slow paces. This album used a lot of electronica sounds, in both the vocals and the opening. It added a layer of interesting sound to the songs. I can’t say it was always a success as in some cases like “Girl That You Love” and “Girls/Girls/Boys” it was a little muddled and didn’t really feel like it helped the song at all but gave it a more 80s feel that wasn’t in the other tracks. However, it was a great technique in “Casual Affair”. “Nicotine” takes you back to what made them famous sound and lyric wise from their first album and was the most entertaining track on the album with “Vegas Lights” and “Casual Affair” in a tie for second.
This album won’t disappoint and is a great listen no matter what track you start one.