Departing from the pop-rock sounds of their earlier work, Panic! At The Disco dive straight into the (currently trending) genres of synth-pop and power-pop, offering up their latest album ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ featuring their slightly broadened sound. Whilst still retaining their forever lasting youth and fun pop-like lyrics, Panic! At The Disco showcase their traditional elements in a new style of sound. Whilst there’s fun elements to the album, it seems that Panic! At The Disco are simply changing their sound in order to be current with the favourite styles of today. It feels as though it’s an attempt to simply make money on whats popular, rather than staying true to their own specific style.
On ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’, everything is drenched in layers of synth-pop elements, in a way that has been done by many bands previously. In some ways, it works well for Panic! At The Disco’s already established style of presenting soft-pop songs. There’s enjoyable elements, and a few hardcore Panic! At The Disco fans will find enjoyment from the bands’ turn in style in favor of more synthetic elements. On top of this, we see Panic! At The Disco also using many elements often found in synth-pop, including the use of auto-tune which has become incredibly popular over the last few years. It’s arguable that Panic! At The Disco have managed to make it work for their music, but it feels like a fairly radical departure from their earlier work, without it actually gaining anything.
‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ comes across as an incredibly flawed album, that certainly features popular and enjoyable elements, but at a price. It’s almost as though Panic! At The Disco have turned their backs on themselves, in favor of a style that is currently trending. It feels like the band has simply opted to go for the popular option of music, rather than a genuine attempt to simply continue their own strengths as a band. There’s a few strengths on ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ but for the most part it doesn’t seem like Panic! At The Disco’s strengths, but rather the strengths of those who have preceded them.
Panic! At The Disco may have won over the favor of many people, but I find that it isn’t for everyone. The band has managed to showcase a fairly good understanding of synth-pop elements and techniques, but something about it all just doesn’t really fit right. It doesn’t feel like a proper Panic! At The Disco record. Even at 32 minutes, it’s the shortest album by the band, but will ultimately be priced the same. I find in this reviewer’s opinion that although Panic! At The Disco have managed to achieve something that is at least new for them, it hasn’t come across in a genuine way, and with that, it seems rather weak of the band.
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Panic! At The Disco’s fourth studio album ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ is out now.