CD Review: Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”

Panic! at the Disco
“Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”
Produced by: Butch Walker
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Atlantic Records

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

I was introduced to this band by my cousin back in 2005 with their album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. The album has never left my phone over the years and is one of my favorites to rock out to. Unfortunately, I have felt that band has never really taken it up a notch since that album. I thought that they changed their sound too much with “Pretty. Odd”. I actually did like a few tracks on “Vices & Virtues” but nothing memorable. “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” still doesn’t top the band’s 2005 album either but I feel that it comes the closest since and has been a blast to listen to.

First of all, I had a feeling this album was going to rock just being it has a wicked cool title. If you are a Hunter S. Thompson fan than you will enjoy that “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” comes from his book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Easily one of my favorite quote of all-time. The album really brings up the energy that the band had with “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” and also tries a few different tricks, most successfully with “Miss Jackson” which is a funky yet rockin’ track.

The album is produced by Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, Weezer). I love the energy in the tracks like “Vegas Lights” and “Nicotine”. But I have to give the most risky song on the album, “The End Of All Things”, props since it feels really personal and delivers on an emotional level. I would say if you haven’t been big on this band or are just finding this, this album is definitely worth taking a look at. I do warn you though get ready since from the very first track, this album kicks off and doesn’t look back until after it’s over.

Track Listing:
1. This Is Gospel
2. Miss Jackson (feat. Lolo)
3. Vegas Lights
4. Girl That You Love
5. Nicotine
6. Girls/Girls/Boys
7. Casual Affair
8. Far Too Young To Die
9. Collar Full
10. The End Of All Things

DVD Review “Panic Button”

Director: Chris Chow
Starring: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Elen Rhys and Michael Jibson
Distributed by: Cine-Britannia
Cert: 18
Running Time: 92 minutes

Overall Score: 2 out of 5 stars

These days, who isn’t involved with social networking. Your friends, parents and even grandparents are all involved. It has become the norm in today’s society. This film aims to show the consequences of living on social network websites. The film tries to deliver a suspense horror film but ends up wasting to much time and fails to entertain. The story feels very drawn out and claustrophobic, especially taking place 99% of the film in a airplane. This could have been interesting but fails, even the twist is weak and very predictable.

The story four lucky (or unlucky in this case) winners of a trip to New York from a social networking site called ‘All2gethr’. The group is set to play a game to win a grand prize but their deep dark secrets are reveals and challenged. they very quickly also find out that the people behind this trip have a different agenda for them. The film doesn’t fall into horror genre and leans more toward dramatic thriller at best.

The extras included on this release includes a gallery of trailers and teasers. Not sure where a gag reel fits in with this film but this has one. There is two short deleted scenes and also an outtake scene called “Jack Loses It”. They are all not very special. There is a featurette on the making of the film, which talks about the films background but overall the production is not very exciting. Lastly there is a gallery of images. Take a pass on this one.