Panic! At The Disco, now the solo project of singer Brendon Urie, have just dropped two new singles, and announced the release of a brand new album this Summer. And while my opinion on those singles is mixed at best, Panic! are still one of my favourite ever bands. So I decide this would be the right time to take a nostalgic look down memory lane, and rank all of their previous albums…
5. Pretty. Odd. (2008)
This may be sacrilege to some fans, but I just don’t get Pretty. Odd. The change in style from their first album, while ambitious, threw me off completely, and left me a little confused with this album. Having said that, the band’s musical talent is clearly on show here, and there are some phenomenal tracks, including my favourite ever song by the band, ‘That Green Gentleman’. This was an important point in the band’s history, and for me, so close to being great. Unfortunately, I don’t think it quite made it.
My Score: 6/10
4. Death Of A Bachelor (2016)
While Death Of A Bachelor isn’t my favourite album by the band, it could be one of the most enjoyable to listen to. It shows Brendon Urie having a lot more fun, and embracing his music heritage, resulting in an eclectic mix of music, that is above all, fun. Going solo was an important step for Urie, and he nailed it with this album.
My Score: 7/10
3. Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die (2013)
This, the second massive musical change in the band’s history, was by all means successful. It contained a lot more electronic and dance- influenced elements, but all of it just felt so natural. Some of these tracks, like ‘Nicotine’ and ‘This Is Gospel’ have really stood the test of time, and the rest of the album brought us some incredible tracks, such as ‘Far Too Young To Die’, and ‘Collar Full’. An essential part of the band’s catalogue.
My Score: 7/10
2. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
This was where the band started out, and set the standard for all of their albums to come. And it was a bit of everything, with punk, electronic, and theatrical elements all mixed together to create something that was a crazy, but beautiful masterpiece. Of course it brought the unmistakable ‘I Write Sins, Not Tragedies’, but it also brought us underrated gems like ‘Time To Dance’, and ‘Build God, Then We’ll Talk’. This was the start of an era.
My Score: 8/10
1. Vices and Virtues (2011)
Coming off the mixed reception of Pretty. Odd., the band had to do something special with their next album. Luckily, they did. This was the first album by the band I ever listened to, and nothing had beaten it yet. Sonically, it is closer to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, but the band refined that sound, and calmed a little of the craziness in that album, creating a ten-track masterpiece. Every song here is detailed, beautifully crafted, and a masterpiece in it’s own right.
My Score: 10/10