Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

Panic! At The Disco is back at it again with ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ Panic! has been a favorite of mine for years now. I find them to be one of the few mainstream bands that has a unique sound. They have always been able to blend together orchestral instrumentals, velvety smooth vocals, and lyrics deeper than a rain puddle into an amazing sound.

In ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ the band seems to lean a lot heavier on electronic elements than they have in their previous efforts. The electric sound has always been there, but it seems to have become their signature for this album, and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing.

The album kicks off well with ‘This Is Gospel,’ and ‘Miss Jackson.’ After that, at least from an instrumental point of view, things seem to come off the rails. Some tracks, most notably ‘Casual Affair,’ sound like Skrillex might have had a hand in the final mixing. Some will like the move in that direction, others won’t.

The lyrical content is still meaty, causing me to ask Google to cure my ignorance and add a few words to my vocabulary. That Panic! At The Disco can do that routinely and not come off sounding snobby is quite the accomplishment in my opinion. Does the effort go over most people’s heads? Probably. I respect it though and appreciate not having my music dumbed down.

Including the two singles, there are probably four very strong tracks on ‘ Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ The rest are not terrible by any means, just different from their norm. Besides, four out of ten is pretty decent, right? But with an all around darker mood, I think this one belongs in the ‘Meh’ category. Good, but not great, and I’ve come to expect greatness from Panic! At The Disco.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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