Ever since this past Tuesday, I have had one CD on replay. What album you ask? Well I'm here to tell you! Panic at the Disco's 4th studio album has been released this past week and it's so GAAAH! (code for perfection for your ears)
I have been a gigantic fan of P@TD since I heard "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" on the radio years ago. Their sound is so different and unique, and that's the kind of music I dig nowadays because so many "famous" artists just sound like cookie cutter versions of other singers / bands. If you've been following Panic's album releases, you can definitely agree that no two CD's are alike. They love experimenting and producing electric & innovative new sounds. Every single release of theirs has been popping, fresh and creative. Panic does not fail to deliver with that mentality in "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die"
If I had to describe this CD... I'd say it's a magnificent blend of grunge, glitz, funk, electric, dance & rock? If that even makes sense. Every track is a showstopper, which is probably because the album is centered around the fabulous Las Vegas. According to interviews, this is a very personal album for Brendon Urie (the lead singer) He wrote the songs based off of experiences in his life. Writing from personal experience always makes for the best product in my opinion. This album definitely showcases that.
A little ritual I have when buying some new jams is looking up the lyrics and reading along while the song is playing. I mainly do this because I have terrible hearing and will hear a verse incorrectly where it will sound strange, but then when I look up the lyrics everything clicks and the song will make sense to me. Upon first listen, there are already TONS of stand out lines to me:
"It's better to burn then to fade away,
it's better to leave then be replaced"
"Pose - you've gotta save your reputation"
"Endless romantic stories, you never could control me"
"If you're gonna be the death of me, that's how I wanna go"
I've seen a bunch of comments on the web downing the use of "Auto Tune" in these tracks but just to throw this out there - a Vocoder is being used, which is completely different. Auto Tune is what rappers use usually, and require little talent to manipulate/use. Vocoders are attached to keyboards and do not manipulate the vocalist's voice as Auto Tuning does. Vocoders actually require keyboard talent and music ability. I'm not dissing artists who use Auto Tune either, FYI.
On P@TD's YouTube channel, you can stream the whole album for free so check it out! I personally think you should BUY it because it's heavenly and simply porn for your ears. But I'm not here to tell you what to do, that's for anonymous commenters on videos / blogs to do - DUH! Now go ahead and give your ears some Panic! happy pills.