Artist: Panic! At the Disco
Album: A Fever You Canâ€™t Sweat Out
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Rating: 3 out of 5
The Las Vegas based Panic! At The Disco was discovered by Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy and subsequently the first band signed to his new label, Decaydance Records.
When I first heard the record I was a bit taken back at how similar Panic! At the Disco sounds to Fall Out Boy. The pop-punk sound that makes teenage girls swoon is right on target, but Panic! takes the music a bit further with great success. I must admit that the pop-punk sound grew thin for me before the turn of the century. The Green Day, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy sound is just plain overdone and no longer interests. However, even though this worn-out sound can be found in the debut by Panic! At the Disco I found myself really listening and truly enjoying what I heard. Their progressions are just a little more complicated without giving up on hooks, however it's the melding of electronic elements and vaudevillian pianos, horns, stings and accordions that take the record to a higher plane. "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" is an impressive debut for 4 guys who don't look like they have completed puberty.
The electronic and acoustic flavored tracks are literally split in half on the album and are separated by an "intermission". A gimmick? Well maybe, but it works like a charm. The song craft remains basically the same throughout, but the background flavors give the two album halves a welcomed change in feel.
"A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" also has a sense of dynamics that you don't usually find in pop kiddie bands. Knowing when not to play and when to turn the energy up a notch helps keep it from running together. The lyrics are high school, but intelligent high school, these guys are smart and you might even let your daughter date them. Panic! also continues the soon-to-be overplayed, long song title trend. Tracks like "There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet" and "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" serve no purpose but to screw up the ability to easily view titles in a digital world.