Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Varied without too much of the pretention that goes with it, Panic! At The Disco may be from Las Vegas, but they're more interesting than Brandon Flowers without even breaking a sweat.

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Released 14 Feb 2006 | Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen | By Stephen Ackroyd | Rating: 3
Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Want a cool band, get some punctuation. 2006 is the year of the exclaimation mark; just ask Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, as soon as people started forgetting theirs it was all about Arctic Monkeys. iForward Russia! just went Top 40, despite being as accessible as your average Mason's meeting, and they have two of them. It's all looking very rosy for Panic! At The Disco.

And that's despite the fact they can count Counting Crows as an influence while keeping a straight face. Emo-tastic in the way only the US can be, the four school friends are deceptively eclectic; like a timebomb in Rough Trade but without forgetting the art of the pop song.

Jazz piano rains down on There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet', and while they may need to employ someone to edit down their track titles, you won't find that from many other bands this year. Not that they've left out the synths so essential for success in this day and age; when 'The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage' breaks down it's all hands to the electro-pump for some quality dance grooves.

Varied without too much of the pretention that goes with it, Panic! At The Disco may be from Las Vegas, but they're more interesting than Brandon Flowers without even breaking a sweat, and for that we're thankful.