Party in the USA
ON The End Of All Things, the ethereal last track of Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album, it sounds as if the Las Vegas rock outfit has taken a leaf out of Imogen Heap’s discography.
It’s an awfully peculiar melancholia-tinged song that meanders between folktronica and alt rock. The End Of All Things is easily the best cut in an album that’s filled with psychedelic, but often unfocused, electronic rock tracks. Not that it’s all bad, really.
Opening track This Is Gospel, in which frontman Brendon Urie sings: “Their gnashing teeth and criminal tongues/ Conspire against the odds,” before declaring “they haven’t seen the best of us yet” gives listeners a glimpse of that emo-glam band which rocked the house down with I Write Sins Not Tragedies over seven years ago.
And on Collar Full, the band delivers a potential radio hit whose inherent appeal could be attributed to the simplistic and repetitive lyrics.
But on tracks such as Nicotine, Girls/Girls/Boys and Casual Affair, it does feel as if the boys of Panic! at the Disco have mistaken brilliance for rave, choosing to deliver one passable dance number after another.
That being said, Too Weird To Live ... was meant to be, in Urie’s words, a “party record” that’s inspired by the band’s home city of Las Vegas. To that extent, the band was on track with the album’s inspiration. It’s just too bad what works in Vegas, doesn’t necessarily work elsewhere.