Features "The Ballad Of Mona Lisa", "Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)" & "Let's Kill Tonight"!
Produced by John Feldmann and Butch Walker, Panic! At The Disco's third studio album was recorded as a duo by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith, following the departure of lead guitarist, backing vocalist and primary lyricist Ryan Ross and bassist/backing vocalist Jon Walker in July 2009. While Walker and Ross' exit left a hole in the Panic! songwriting regime, the experience became the catalyst for Urie finding his own voice and the confidence to take over as the band's principal songsmith. The lyrics touch on themes of manipulation and confusion. Vices & Virtues took over two years to create, and the increased time in the studio brought forth new musical experimentation.
"Reduced to a duo of Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith, neither of whom were primary songwriters during the bands early years, Panic at the Disco pick up the thread they started with their skewed Beatlesque sophomore set, Pretty. Odd., and turn Vices & Virtues into a curious little nesting doll of an album. Elements of the bands energetic emo are here, but its only one bit on a record that follows the kitchen sink aesthetic of Pretty. Odd., one where the production is too restless to sit still for more than a couple of bars. The keystone here isnt so much the 60s as it is 80s new wave with synths and echoed guitars uncannily recalling the glory days of 1983, but Panic at the Discos approach is distinctly modern, letting the past intermingle with the present so it all creates a Day-Glo digital collage. Often, the individual pieces of this patchwork pop are more captivating than the overall image, yet theres still an undeniable appeal to Urie and Smiths crazed earnest energy; they may not know where theyre going but they know all the different routes to get there." - AllMusic
• Vinyl LP
1. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
2. Let's Kill Tonight
5. Trade Mistakes
6. Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
8. The Calendar
9. Sarah Smiles
10. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)