Building on the more glossy sound of their last LP ‘Vices & Virtues’, ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ sees the former emo kids popping bottles rather than having them thrown at them. ‘Give it to me now, we’re lost in a dream now,’ Urie belts out on the irresistible party banger ‘Vegas Lights’ – a stark contrast to the guylinered young man who once told us that ‘the only difference between martyrdom and suicide is press coverage’. The lyrics are punchy and anthemic and, aside from some more sober moments – like the simmering Depeche Mode-esque title track and the mournful piano ballad closer ‘The End of Things’ – the album struts along with four-on-the-floor verve. It all makes for an unlikely pop gem. Buy this album here
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