Monday, March 24, 2008



It had to happen eventually. After denying the 'emo' label since the release of their excellent debut, Panic at the Disco (who have recently shed their trademark '!' as well) have finally proved all their critics wrong by releasing a song that is far from any form of emo. They've stated they looked to their parents' generation for inspiration, like the Beach Boys and the Beatles, and you can hear it in this genuinely excited, laidback rock song. The vocals are smooth and hopeful, the beat is as strong as on any of their previous works, but the anger has been replaced with just excitement, which they wear just as well.

Few bands manage to reinvent themselves nearly so well, and maybe it's because they didn't feel their first album's sound was what defined them, unlike what most media thought. Panic always had an air of the bizarre to their lyrics, and maybe that's the main correlation between "Nine" and the stuff from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Check out the main chorus of "Nine"

It's nine in the afternoon,
Your eyes are the size of the moon
You could 'cause you can so you do
We're feeling so good
Just the way that we do
When it's nine in the Afternoon

It's charming and disarming and definitely a little quirky, which fits in with the nitro-glycerin cigarettes from "These Tables are Numbered" and their circus-themed live shows. While I loved the anger, smarm and yelling from the first album, I'm happy to say Pretty. Odd. is looking pretty good as well.

Panic at the Disco - Nine in the Afternoon [Pretty. Odd. 2008] (Yousendit link)
Panic at the Disco - She Had the World [Pretty. Odd. 2008] (Yousendit link)

Buy Panic here or here.

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