Panic! at the disco - Vices & Virtues Review

AdamHudson By AdamHudson, 2nd Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is a review of the third studio album from Panic! at the Disco - Vices & Virtues

The Review

The long awaited third studio album from Panic! at the Disco came out last month and my God, it was worth the wait.

Now me being a massive Panic! fan I couldn't wait for the new album to come out, however I will admit I was very nervous about how it would turn out.

What with the hugely unique first album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out using its fusion of electro, baroque and emo pop punk tones to create what I see as one of my favourite albums ever.

Some fans may say that they sold out with their second album Pretty. Odd or as one of my friends called it Pretty. Shite which I didn't greatly appreciate. Although a complete change from the one of a kind first album, it was a change that was welcome and exciting. With songs such as That Green Gentlemen being a hit in my eyes:

Of course everyone wanted A Fever You Can't Sweat Out 'part II' but that isn't what bands always do. Not every band can be like Slayer who churn out the same amazing album after amazing album with the same sound. Hail the 80's.

But all in all Vices and Virtues is an absolute smash. The mastermind behind A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Ryan Ross, wasn't a part of the new album due to the band splitting on terms of 'musical difference' between band members. Instead, he has gone onto continue The Young Veins with former Panic! bassist Jon Walker.

However, this seems to have been a blessing in disguise. It's allowed Urie to really come alive and write his own lyrics and put his own influence into the songs. The outcome seems like a perfect fusion between their first album and new sounds that every new album should have.

You will hear influences from the first album in songs such as The Ballad of Mona Lisa, Sarah Smiles, and Nearly Witches.

The video takes me back to the strange, random days of other videos such as Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have and Build God Then We'll Talk which saw a 'pornomime'.

But as I said, the departure of Ross has allows Urie to show his interest in pop music in songs such as The Calender and Ready To Go which, in my opinion, don't favour Panic's sound as Urie's elaborate, almost tenor like voice, are much better suited to the stranger songs with exciting layouts where his vocal talent can really shine.

I'm going to put it out there - I think Urie has the best voice in modern day music - his deep tones and ability to smash those high notes, even in live concert, seem to be missing in modern day pop where auto-tune is much too overused:

Here is Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have live in concert.

Overall the third album is exactly what the new Panic! needed, the re-introduction of the exclamation mark has been like a second birth for them. Urie and Smith have delivered what the dying Panic! needed And I hope to see much more like it from them in the future.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

I have not heard their new stuff, but I do like some of their older things.

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author avatar AdamHudson
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

Try vices & virtues out, it's really good and different to any of their old stuff.

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