Album review: Panic! At the Disco’s ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’

The pop punk classic fails to impress with its latest release.

By Katie Connor | Oct. 14, 2013

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Let’s rewind it back to 2005 for a moment, when Panic! At The Disco exploded onto the music scene with pop punk melodies and electronic breakdowns in A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.

Fast forward to the present day. Two of the original members have left the band and one is currently in rehab for drug abuse, leaving frontman Brendon Urie to helm the promotion of the band’s newest release, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!.

The album starts off very promising with the two singles, “This Is Gospel” and “Miss Jackson (feat. Lolo),” packing major punches. However, the overabundance of synthpop becomes very old, very fast, and the songs start to sound like a poor imitation of Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll — especially when Panic! closes off its album with the piano ballad, “The End of All Things,” in the same vein as its Top 40 counterpart. The only difference is that Urie’s voice is more heavily auto-tuned.

If you’re expecting to relive the glory days of Panic!, then you most certainly won’t find it in their latest release. Instead, you’ll find a band that lacks originality and is simply trying to cash in on the electronic-influenced music trend.

MOVE gives Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! 2 out of 5 stars.

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