One thing it’s safe to say about P!ATD is that they will never churn out an album that sounds remotely similar to their last. In many ways, it’s inconsistent, but in many others the fact that Panic! have changed styles more times than you’ve had hot dinners makes for a roller-coaster listen for their dedicated fan base.
The addition of Dallon Weekes to the Urie-Smith duo lets on for an album with a huge array of speeds and styles. This Is Gospel hits hard and hits home with a pounding, show stopping anthem that does everything a record opener should do. The first single released from the album, Miss Jackson, is the only track featuring another vocalist, Lolo, and dishes out another fast-paced, catchy anthem that is sure to set the crowd roaring at live venues. The sounds produced by the band are not too far off the familiar sounds of early Fall Out Boy, proving to this day that their buddies of pop-punk have had a larger influence on them than many like to admit.
The videos to these songs showed Urie at the top of his ‘eccentric-weird-but-lovable-fucker-game’, with the entire video for Gospel shot from a birds-eye view of Brendon writhing around like a drugged up snake on a hospital bed.
Tracks like Far Too Young To Die and Collar Full show Panic’s old side still being retained to some extent, however, overall it seems the album follows a distinct synth-pop genre. It’s not entirely clear whether this is simply a phase, like one of those 30 Seconds To Mars and Fall Out Boy both went through, or if this is the band’s true future direction. Whether or not this is a good change is up to the listener to decide.
However, with the album getting very positive reviews and the record smashing the UK top 10 album chart within two days of release, it seems the direction the band has taken is a good move for Panic! At The Disco.
By Aydin Emsley