Panic! at the Disco is famous for changing its sound on each album (and for its use of punctuation), and “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” is no exception.
This album diverges from the punk, pop and even folk genres that the band has previously experimented with and instead takes on an electronic, synthesized sound. Brendon Urie, Panic’s lead singer, did a majority of the work on this album due to the absence of drummer Spencer Smith. This was most likely a huge factor in the band’s new sound. Urie wrote most of the music and has starred solo in three music videos for the album so far.
“Miss Jackson,” the album’s debut single, is catchy but empty of meaning and sounds too much like the recent song from tour mates Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” From a first listen, the rest of the album appears to be just as shallow. However, truly meaningful lyrics are hidden beneath the synth-pop.
The album’s second single, “This is Gospel,” quickly raised expectations for the rest of the album with its unique sound. The rest of the album did follow this trend; each song has a one-of-a-kind style. “Girls/Girls/Boys” gives the message that “love is not a choice” over a fun dance beat, while “The End of All Things” is a simple yet beautiful love song. The Target exclusive version of the album also includes two bonus tracks that are worth checking out.
Panic! at the Disco has been touring this fall with longtime friend Fall Out Boy on its “Save Rock and Roll” arena tour. The band also recently announced a tour named for the new album, which will run internationally throughout November and then return to the States for more shows in January and February. Unfortunately, unlike its previous tour, the band will not be visiting upstate New York. It looks like the only way for listeners in this area to catch Panic! at the Disco’s new music will be on the album.
Kathryn Krawczyk is a senior at Lockport High School.