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ALBUM REVIEW: “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” from Panic! at the Disco

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Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! is the fourth studio album by band Panic! at the Disco.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Panic! at the Disco - Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die (Fueled By Ramen Records) 2013

The band Panic! at the Disco has offered up a new testament to save their subgenre, popcore - a sound comprising infectious rhythms and pop voice qualities that speak to angsty teens looking for a poetic escape from standard raps and screams. Though the album stays true to their popcore roots, they have introduced a more mainstream sound, mixing 80’s and indie influences.

In contrast to their earlier efforts, the two singles This is Gospel and Miss Jackson (feat. Lolo) are their biggest successes, leaving no room for heart-stealing underdog songs. The overall effect of the album, however, is lukewarm compared to their previous release, the fiery Vices and Virtues.

The new sound will take some getting used to for their devoted fans that have followed from the start. The feel has changed, making Too Weird easy to love or just as easy to dismiss. Now fans can put away their dictionaries when they listen to their new laymen’s lyrics, lacking the sophistication of their earlier work. They had placed themselves on a high pedestal and are now struggling to climb back.  

To purchase Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, go to http://www.panicatthedisco.com/

Joanna Louquet is Red Dirt Report's new music critic. She lives in Oklahoma City.

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