After three years in the waiting, Panic! At The Disco have finally released their third studio album, ‘Vices & Virtues’. Produced by ska-punk legend John Feldman (lead singer of Goldfinger), this full-length outing has promise to be a pretty amazing album. Though admittedly the record itself doesn’t quite match it to its predecessors, it must be rememberd the band are down to only two members, the stupidly versatile Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.
Having released ‘The Ballard Of Mona Lisa’ as a single earlier on this year, P!ATD fans have been waiting in anticipation. Each of the band’s albums are like a treasure chest, full of mystery to begin with, yet bursting with gems of songs when listened to and this album is no exception to the rule. However, P!ATD has but the cabaret/burlesque theme to one side for the majority of the album. There’s still a flourish of avant-garde here and there, but the majority of the album seems to be heavily 80s themed. For example, take ‘The Ballard Of Mona Lisa’; this has the groovy bass of Muse and ‘Let’s Kill Tonight’ is full of the synthesizer-sounds and drum loops of A-Ha, but the duo pull it off with style to create a new sound that demonstrates how truly talented they are.
While some songs really stand-out, others just feel like filler and given this album has only 10 tracks long, this definitely not a positive. When listening to songs like ‘Hurricane’ and ‘The Calendar’, you don’t really notice they’re songs, but more like background noise. This is a crying shame when you listen to musical gifts such as ‘Nearly Witches’ and ‘Sarah Smiles’, both of which are brimming with catchy riffs and memorable lyrics.
Having been a fool and a narrow-minded metal head for the last 5 years, I refused to listen to P!ATD because I deemed them mainstream. But then I grew up and gave them a listen, and realised there is a good reason they’re popular. They have this wonderful catchy sound that just brightens your day without fail. Having listened to them none stop for the last month, the release of ‘Vices & Virtues’ couldn’t have come at a better time. This isn’t P!ATD‘s best album, but it’s very listenable and has a fair few songs on it that make you go “TUNE!” the seconds the intro kicks in. Having ditched the foul mouth and dark lyrics, this album is the perfect mother’s day present for a young mum.
Written by Andy Roberts