Album Review: Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! by Panic! at the Disco

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Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! by Panic! at the Disco

Record Label: Fueled by Ramen

Genre: Pop

Release Date: October 4, 2013

Songs: 10
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Panic! At The Disco are an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004. Since then, the band has released four albums-A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Pretty. Odd.,Vices and Virtues, and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!. Current band members are: Spencer Smith (drums, percussion), Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano), and Dallon Weekes (bass guitar, synth, backing vocals).

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Panic! at the Disco is that odd band that I will forever love because they’re so odd. But honestly, what the hell is this album? Did I click on some demo’s or parodies because this cannot be the same band that I know and love! Honestly, I grew up with this band and I have been listening to them ever since their music video for I Write Sings, Not Tragedies came out so believe me when I say that I am extremely disappointed with this. Extremely disappointed.

Starting off with the first two tracks on the album, This is Gospel and Miss Jackson are bad choices to start this album off with. Not only are the electronic vocals destroying these songs but there seems to be no direction with them. Add in some “oh oh oh’s” and you have some mindless crap that doesn’t even make sense. This album is nothing like their older stuff, in fact, I’m a bit shocked that this is even the same band because there aren’t any trumpet parts nor is there that fun tone that reminds you of a circus. With that being said, these songs are forgettable and repetitive and oh so very boring. Nothing about them stand out and caught my attention.

One thing that I can say with much joy is that vocals are a lot stronger this time around. I guess since this album is mindless party music, the band has finally relaxed more than they used to and are having fun with it.

I’m not one that enjoys listening to dance music unless I’m in a club. TWTL,TRTD is an album that will be famous in clubs because that seems to be the direction that the band wants to go in. Unfortunately, for their older fans, this album is going to be a huge let down with almost nothing of their older selves weaved in with the new. What happened to all of the creepy clowns and awesome festivals that they were so known for? The greatly executed trumpet parts that made me want to dance along? Because Miss Jackson is definitely not leaving me in a dancing, “happy, so happy” type of mood.

Two Boring Treble Clefs
Two Boring Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. This is Gospel-3:11

2. Miss Jackson Ft. Lolo-4:19

3. Vegas Lights-3:10

4. Girls That you Love-3:08

5. Nicotine-3:07

6. Girls/Girls/Boys-3:28

7. Casual Affair-3:32

8. Far Too Young to Die-3:18

9. Collar Full-3:19

10. The End of All Things-3:31

Song of the Week#6-The Way We Touch by We Are Twin (Get up and Dance Edition)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Day except each week there will be a different ‘edition’ and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: Get Up and Dance! Who doesn’t love dancing? Even if it’s bad dancing, sometimes you just feel under a spell when a  certain song comes on and it takes hold of you. Well, this song will do just that! With such an upbeat sound and fun guitar riffs and blues-like vocals that will at least have you bobbing your head.

LA based Indie-pop duo WE ARE TWIN is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicolas Balachandran and singer/songwriter Gabi Christine. As the story goes, the two met at a songwriting session in 2009 and instantly clicked – songwriting synergy at first sight, you might say.

First time I listened to this song, I was dancing. I couldn’t help myself! I just love the poppy beat and the smooth lyrics that seep into my body everytime I listen to this!

My favourite part is:

You got me on a hook, from the moment you said baby
If I faint from overheating, call the Marshall Mr. Davy
I’m running out of breath, I feel it in my head
I can’t go without you boy
Let’s hit the road to live!
If you would be my hero, then I would be your girl
You could have me anytime you want, even in the morning sun

To listen to The Way We Touch click here.

Lyrics are here.

Album Review: Collapsible Lung by Relient K

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Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Record Label: Mono Vs Stereo

Genre: Pop

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Songs: 12
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Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Brian Pittman, and Matt Hoopes. The band has released seven studio albums:  Relient K, The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do, MmHmm, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer, and Collapsible Lung. Six EPs: All Work and No Play, Apathetic, The Birds and The Bee Sides, Forget and Not Slow Down, Is For Karaoke, and Is For Karaoke Pt.2. Current band members are: Matt Thiessen (lead vocals, guitars, piano, synthesizers, keyboards), Matt Hoopes (guitars, backing vocals), John Warne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jon Schneck (guitars, banjo, bells, omnichord, nord, backing vocals).

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I’m all for bands trying something new, I really am. I’m a firm fan of everything The Maine comes out with, (even their pop punk stuff is good, and Lydia’s stuff too) so when bands try out new sounds and change their direction, I’m excited for it. The only problem I have with bands changing their sound is when it’s done very sloppily and to get more ‘mainstream’ fans rather than sticking with their older fans. It’s embarrassing and sad, I understand that the music industry is very demanding and cruel (Look what happened to A Rocket To The Moon) but at least don’t completely change into something that’s almost unrecognizable. Is this a great album? No, of course not, never expect a new direction to sound good. But is it at least average? Nope. With all of that being said, it’s safe to say that this is a very disappointing album.

Collapsible Lung is a little dribble of a lot of subgenres and sound like tunes from other bands just with different lyrics attached with them. The second Can’t Complain starts playing it’s easy to think of that Bruno Mars song, The Lazy Song or a song by Jason Mraz…or even Train. What’s even worse is PTL (Part-Time Lover) the song starts off fine with a nice guitar part until the chorus comes in with vocals squealing, “I never meant to be a part-time lover, But I’ve never been a full-time man.” Did I mention they use techno for this part as well? No, thank you. Disaster is an okay song as well, it’s fun and easy to dance to but it sounds too much like a copy of Panic! At The Disco to actually enjoy it too much.

Even with all of the faults, I do like Don’t Blink,  it has a bit of their old sound to it, easing listeners into the pop direction they were going for. I like Sweeter because it’s very soft and delicate with a simple guitar part and sad lyrics. The references to all the songs and bands in That’s My Jam is fun, a time to remember better music. But that’s all I like about the song, the use of techno sounds and an up-beat tune just make my ears bleed a little.

It seems the band decided to follow popular artists and make sloppy facsimiles of popular songs. Unfortunately the band also hired co-writers to come up with these sad songs. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy mainstream pop songs that have the same tune as other songs but with different lyrics.

Two Boring Treble Clefs
Two Boring Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Don’t Blink-3:03

2. Boomerang-2:48

3. Lost Boy-3:10

4. If I Could Take You Home-3:33

5. Can’t Complain-3:14

6. Gloria-2:59

7. PTL-3:24

8. Disaster -2:59

9. When You Were My Baby-2:45

10. Sweeter-4:28

11. Collapsible Lung-3:21

12. That’s My Jam (Ft. Owl City)-2:43