Viva Las Vengeance
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PANIC! AT THE DISCO – VIVA LAS VENGEANCE – ALBUM REVIEW
Panic! At The Disco was a vessel for frontman Brendon Urie years prior his total custody of the moniker as an all out solo project. Recent releases have seen Urie fully embrace the spotlight and allow his ego to run untapped.
Often this is a bad thing, but in the case of Urie he possesses that flamboyance and je ne sais quoi that only a handful of musicians do. No matter the project or outlet he would naturally become the centre of attention, so in this case it’s only right to let that creativity and showmanship loose.
New album, ‘Viva Las Vengeance’, is everything that you’d imagine that it will be. To some that would be a bad thing, this is modern day Panic! At The Disco by numbers to many extents after all.
But importantly there is one sonic element that Urie has incorporated that helps keep things interesting and gives fans a taste of something a little different. That component is the outpouring of love for 70’s glam rock! This album is a love letter to T-Rex, Queen, Bowie et al, and Urie is able to pull it off with utter panache.
The title-track, ‘Middle Of A Breakup’, ‘Don’t Let The Light Go Out’ and ‘Local God’ all lead the charge before the likes of ‘Star Spangled Banger’ and ‘God Killed Rock And Roll’ unashamedly and theatrically drive the point home.
Panic! At The Disco aren’t breaking any moulds these days, in fact they are something of a safe bet. Again, to some this is a boring and uninspired trend over recent albums, but others will argue if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it.
What is clear on ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ is that Urie is having fun, he is doing what he wants to do and for him that’s all that matters; and hey if doing so can keep him headlining festivals and playing the biggest arenas in the world then he’d be mad to change at this point!
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