Panic! At the Disco: Vices and Virtues Review
After losing more than half of their band, Panic! At the Disco released their first studio album in 5 years: Vices and Virtues.
The first single off the record, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, led the CD to be perceived as just another typical Panic! At the Disco CD. The music video that followed the release looked like typical Brendon Urie, with eyeliner and dramatic costumes. Once the CD was released it was nothing at all what I had expected it to be.
Although, they only have two members and competing with their former band members new band (The Young Veins), I think the new and improved P!ATD have done a great job of keeping their audience interested and are now appealing to a much larger fan base with this new direction they decided to take.
With a new CD, a new look and a new more mature crowd to appeal to, the duo have done a great job of keeping their fans interested in what they’re going to come up with next. Unlike past records, they band took on a more mature, theatrical, pop rock sound for this album which has had both positive and negative reviews.
Each song has its own distinct sound and rhythm to it that always seems to stand out against the next. The record goes from an almost folk-like song (Sarah Smiles) to an electro-pop dance song (Hurricane) and even to slow acoustic songs (Always). With all these new types of songs, the same P!ATD is still found in this CD with The Ballad of Mona Lisa.
But after the loss of their primary lyricist, it seems as though the music has progressed but the lyrics themselves have grown very bland and seem as if they were meaningless. As if no effort was put into writing them.
If you aren’t, or have never been, a fan of Panic! At the Disco, I highly recommend giving this album a chance. Each track is unique and you can probably find one that you enjoy.