Panic! At The Disco climbed to fame in 2005 with their first album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. This mix of pop, emo, and alt rock was unheard of in the music scene at the time! The release really opened up a new avenue for mixing pop and emotional rock, rendering something for everyone to date. Led by Brendon Urie, this band is nothing but a disco dance party. Let’s take a moment to dive into the band’s discography: like I said, Panic! At The Disco’s magnum opus was their first full-length, an album that is essential listening for new fans. It’s really the only starting point.
The band’s second album, Pretty Odd, was a step up from the first, bringing in more fabulous songs like “Nine In The Afternoon”, “Mad As Rabbits” and “She Had The World”. Later came Vices and Virtues, an album that has some history thrown in; there’s a song about the Mona Lisa that is wonderful and makes me want to go see the painting for myself even more.
Now, one should note that the band went through numerous lineup changes over the years and Brendon Urie is the only original member left.
These twists and turns in members led to Panic!’s fourth LP Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!, which is one of my favorites. Some of my favorite songs on this album include “This Is Gospel”, “Miss Jackson”, “Vegas Lights” and “Nicotine” although you really can’t go wrong with the entire thing from start to finish. Its songs range from whimsical folk to baroque punk rock and the end result is equally fitting for a dance club and a rock show.
Panic! At The Disco’s fifth album, Death of a Bachelor, is as classy as you can get. Brendon got married during this album cycle, so it’s only fair the album title reflects his life’s journey. Urie sounds like a young Frank Sinatra on this album, definitely bringing solid 1950s vibes throughout. Now, the band’s most recent full-length, Pray For The Wicked, is my absolute favorite album by far. This is the album that made me a fan. The first single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” pulled me right in. This album has so many bangers, which we all know and love like “High Hopes” and “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. I also like “Dancing’s Not a Crime”, “King of the Clouds” and “Dying in LA”.
All this said, I can’t wait to see what Panic! has in store for album seven.
The first single recently released just so happens to be the title track “Viva Las Vengeance”, available now on all streaming platforms (along with album pre-orders). Panic! At The Disco is also offering box sets for the release full album release on August 19th, so pre-order your merch now via the band’s website! Want to catch this top-of-the-A-List act live? Panic! At The Disco will be heading out on the Viva Las Vengeance Tour with Marina and Jake Wesley Rogers soon — a show you don’t wanna miss! Brendon Urie is such a showman if there ever was one…
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Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance”
Cover photo by Zak Cassar