Panic At The Disco, led by Brendan Urie, have really taken the world by storm since debut album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ and have grown in popularity, with latest record, ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ only being beaten on the billboard album chart by Miley Cyrus’ latest album ‘Bangerz’ – these are my choices from the albums, from ‘A Fever..’, ‘Pretty Odd’, ‘Vices and Virtues’ and the latest album, ‘To Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’.
1. The Only Difference Between Suicide And Martyrdom Is Press Coverage, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance, 2005 – When Panic! ‘Swore to shake it up’ in this song, they took it to heart and made completely different records every time they made one, which is a hell of a compliment really, the direction on this album, teenage angst and pop hooks with social observations on how Las Vegas works, the fading of ‘divas’ the chapels, with their groomsbrides, and the nightlife in But It’s Better If You Do and songs about things about life, ‘Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’ – Vegas being renowned for it’s gentleman’s clubs and dancers – this song in particular stands out as this song begins the narrative of the album, and their style – glorious pop hook and a groovy beat, it’s one of their best still.
2. That Green Gentleman, Pretty. Odd, Fueled By Ramen, 2008 – Pretty. Odd is definitely one of the most obviously influenced albums made, with Pretty Odd definitely being a late The Beatles love in, with references to ‘Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’ in the video for Nine In The Afternoon and some of the album being recorded in the Abbey Road Studios, renowned for being the recording place of choice for The Beatles, Pretty Odd is poetic in places, When The Moon Met The Sun and Northern Down like That Green Gentleman have some beautiful lines and really displayed Ryan Ross’ talent, but also showed Urie could write a song, shown by I Have Friends In Holy Spaces and Folkin’ Around.
3. New Perspective, Jennifer’s Body Original Soundtrack, Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance, 2009 – Yes, it’s about getting head, but it’s a catchy tune – and considering how badly the film did (unfairly in some ways) it’s one of the best things to come out of the film, New Perspective is a throwback in style and really a pop song but it’s lyrics are observational quite like A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out but it’s still experimental and quirky, something this band do really well harkening to Pretty Odd.
4. Let’s Kill Tonight, Vices And Virtues, Decaydance & Fueled By Ramen, 2011 – Let’s Kill Tonight is just a highlight of this album, with pop hooks and the proof that Brendan could take over the writing reigns which were left untaken when Ryan Ross left the band, with more hooks than a cloakroom and an infectious style, you can’t not dance to this song, but you can’t not dance to this album, Hurricane and The Ballad Of Mona Lisa, these songs are ones I shamelessly sung into a hairbrush in my bedroom (I really hope I am not alone in this) that guitar riff is awesome too.
5. This is Gospel, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Decaydance & Fueled By Ramen, 2013 – This album has electronica and hip hop influences from the outset and I don’t mind with tracks like this, ‘Too Weird..’ had other great songs, like Nicotine and Miss Jackson, it’s a return to themes shown in first album with the name coming from a quote in Hunter S Thompson’s book, ‘Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas’ however this album I think they’re now old enough to take advantage of the scenery and there’s more positive perspective towards their hometown and it shows.
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