Since they were formed in 2004, Panic! As The Disco (PATD) have continued to make headlines and remain relevant to the eclectic pool of genres which they’ve lovingly infected with their brand of pop rock. Today, the Las Vegas band has a total of six studio albums. And in this article, we take a look back at PATD’s discography to rank each album based on their overall significance to the band’s stellar sound.
6. Pretty. Odd. (2008)
Pretty. Odd. is simply an uneventful collection of pretty okay alternative pop rock. This would only be a good album if it wasn’t the follow up to the band’s first album, which basically redefined pop rock in the mid-noughties. While Pretty. Odd. features gems like That Green Gentleman and Nine In The Afternoon, even these post ‘90s alternative rock-sounding hits pale in comparison to the rest of the band’s striking repertoire.
5. Pray for the Wicked (2018)
Truthfully, PATD’s latest album only makes us miss the original lineup more. Don’t get us wrong. Roaring 20s which is arguably the best song on this album sounds like an awesome combination of their original sound and their later techno-pop leanings, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, you can pretty much describe the rest of the predictable album in the same exact way. Much like Pretty. Odd., Pray for the Wicked arguably lacks the power of earlier PATD albums.
4. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013)
With a more straightforward techno-pop sound as heard in hits like Miss Jackson and This Is Gospel, this is the album in which PATD proves that it’s diverse and mainstream enough to stand alongside pop music’s most stalwart giants. Be that as it may, some would argue that it’s too much of a deviation from what fans have come to expect, particularly in 2013. Fun fact: Rolling Stone’s album review notes how this synth-rock album’s name was based on the book-turned-movie Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas – pretty on-brand in terms of Urie’s songwriting.
3. Vices & Virtues (2011)
In the middle of the list is the album wherein PATD finds its way back into the sound that gave them the limelight. This is also the album which contains The Ballad of Mona Lisa. This then-new song was arguably the best one they performed in their 2011 stint at YouTube presents, in which the band’s harmonic vocals were captured by the Shure SM58, which Shout4Music’s best microphones for vocals list identifies as an industry standard for live vocal performances. This isn’t surprising, considering how Vices & Virtues is when Urie’s powerful vocals and the rest of the band’s harmonics make a triumphant return.
2. Death of a Bachelor (2016)
After more than a decade in the game, this album reassured everyone that PATD and its signature sound wasn’t going away anytime soon. It’s also arguably the first album that was under Urie’s complete creative control, seeing as that he was the only remaining original member of the band. With the soul of the band’s vocal power in full display, you can definitely hear from start to finish how Urie is utterly convinced that Death of a Bachelor is PATD’s best album yet.
1. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
There’s no question that PATD have rapidly evolved their sound following this first album from 2005. However, it’s also pretty undeniable that A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out remains their best album yet. This was the album and live tour that introduced us to Urie’s vaudevillian panache, Ryan Ross’ Epiphone Casino guitar and ferocious live backing vocals, and many of the band’s most memorable songs – the lyrics to which many still know by heart. Today, no other album by the band nor by any other alternative rock artist has changed pop rock in a way that’s comparable to the impact of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.
Written for thephoenixremix.com by Judy Davidson –
Blogger, vinyl record hunter, and early 2000s emo and rock aficionado Judy Davidson knows a thing or two about pop and rock music history. When she’s not scouring musicians’ social accounts for announcements of live online gigs, she’s chasing writing deadlines, her yellow labrador Collins, and her dreams of being a local rock star.