Panic At The Disco

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A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005), 6/10
Pretty Odd (2008), 5/10
Too Weird To Live Too Rare To Die, 4/10
Death of a Bachelor (2016), 4/10
Pray for the Wicked (2018), 4/10

Las Vegas' band Panic At The Disco debuted with the million-seller A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005) that recycled post-emo punk-pop for yet another generation. Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off was the anthem of sorts. After a long hiatus, they resurfaced as a completely different band on Pretty Odd (2008), playing the lush and sleek techno-pop orchestrations of the 1970s and retarded Beatles-ian refrains.

After the line-up was reshuffled, the influence of the synth-pop revival was felt on Vices & Virtues (2011), and the saving grace of rocking moments like Ballad of Mona Lisa was not enough to rescue a project that increasingly veered towards the derivative. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie towered over the proceedings to the point that this was becoming his solo project.

Continuing their artistic (?) decline, Panic at the Disco released one of the worst albums of the year, Too Weird To Live Too Rare To Die (2013). not only bombastic for the sake of pomp but also utterly predictable to the last note, as if a computer had been programmed to produce your average pop hit from a database of hits. Another way to see the album is as a speculation around the single Miss Jackson, probably the only song that deserved to be recorded.

Panic at the Disco was de facto a Brendon Urie solo project on the mostly obnoxious Death of a Bachelor (2016), that at best echoes Broadway showtunes (the title-track), and Pray for the Wicked (2018), that contains the hit High Hopes.

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