Panic! at the Disco - Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Often derided for following too closely on the coat-tails of Fall Out Boy, there are times on Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! when Panic! At The Disco seem determined to ape the alt. pop vibes of the former's recent ... Save Rock and Roll. Scratch the surface though, and you'll find an outfit determined to come out from the shadows and make their own mark creatively. It's a not unsuccessful move, but one with its own particular weaknesses.
Too Weird... has an over-arching club noir feel, its Las Vegas vibe an obvious homage to their home town. Opening with ‘This Is Gospel’, an autotune heavy, multi-layered piece, it's a shift that's as entertaining - and surprising - as the album itself. First single ‘Miss Jackson’ feels like one of the weak points, over-shadowed by the likes of the catchy ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ (“Girls love girls and boys / And love is not a choice.") where frontman Brendon Urie confronts the moral code of his strict Mormon roots. There's a fair amount of filler though, and in throwing every modern production trick and tick into the mix, it's likely to date sooner rather than later. Solid enough then, but P!ATD will need more than a bit of glitz and glamour to completely convince.