Albums That Have Had An Impact On My Life: Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

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Hello all and welcome to the second instalment in my miniseries about music albums and their impact on my life (I really need to think of a more catchy title). It has been a month and a half since I posted about Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album and today I am going to talk about Panic! At The Disco’s first album.

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was probably one of the first ‘rock’ albums I ever listened to, before this my knowledge of music was limited to what my parents listened to, the Top 40 and McFly.  I distinctively remembering listening to this album at a friend’s house around the age of 11/12 and thinking that it sounded different but I liked it. It was fair to say after a few more listens I was hooked.
If you know anything about Panic! At The Disco and their style, they were seen as emo back in the day (now they are in the Top 40!) This album was part of the holy albums from the emo music scene, some other classic emo albums included The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.  At the time I really began enjoying this album it was the peak of the emo scene (2005- 2007), even though looking back this album does not scream emo to me compared to other albums from the era.
Since Fever, I have been a casually fan of Panic! and listened to them on and off throughout the years and was lucky enjoy to see them in 2012 on the Vices and Virtues tour. I love seen the change of style Panic has gone through the years but for me Fever is where it all started.

Critically the album divided critics and hit in the mid-teens for the chart listings, as time has passed the album has become highly thought of. Many critics praised the album for the emo status of the album where others said that Fever was bland and lacked creativity. However, if you have listened to the album for just one song you will hear that is it is not bland nor is it lacking creativity.  P!TAD first album was also recognised by Rolling Stones and placed in their Greatest Emo Albums of all time in 2016.

For me this album is extremely creative and is Broadway in the sense of styles and music that have clearly influenced the making of this album. Panic’s first album very clearly showed that they have a lot of talent and are rich in taking ideas from all genres, something which the band have continued with the rest of the albums none of which are the same.
Every time I listen to Fever I hear new melodies and interpreted different meanings to the lyrics, as I get older. It is like rereading a favourite old book and discovering things you missed first time round.  I can tell you without any doubt that I could easily lip-synch this entire album; it is ingrained in my brain.  My favourite songs off this album are The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage, But It’s Better If You Do and Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off (yes the titles are ridiculous long, almost Fall Out Boy length).

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out solidified that there was a genre of music out there that I really enjoyed and it guided me into a new realm of music, which I was excited to dive in. It was like opening the door to Wonderland.  It will be an album I go back to repeatedly because I can’t deny myself a good sing along to Panic!

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Albums That Have Had An Impact On My Life: Avenged Sevenfold – Self Titled

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Welcome to a new miniseries on this blog! This miniseries will be taken a closer look at a selection of albums that have had a significant impact on my life, be it that they have guided me through a difficult time or the album just makes me profoundly happy. So kicking off we have Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album.

Avenged Sevenfold’s (A7X) album came out around the time I was getting into more heavy rock and in fairness I think Avenged are my limit to how heavy I like my rock (with the odd exception). This was the band’s fourth studio album but I was aware of their previous work mainly through the music channels such as Scuzz and Kerrang. My step sister/close friend Abie was one who got me into Avenged Sevenfold, I can’t remember when she got her hands on this album but whenever I stayed at my dad’s house she had it on constantly. We watched the webisodes from the making of the album and we watched the behind the scenes DVD that came with the album relentlessly, we could probably quote it word for word.  It was far to say between the years of 2007 to 2009, this album was my holy grail.

Commercial the album received mixed to positive reviews, some critics slated the album for being too polished and not sounding that like Avenged. Yes, to be fair some of the songs on the self-titled are a lot more lighter than those on City of Evil. However, over the years and I think since the passing of Jimmy (The Rev, drummer of A7X) this album has become a legacy of its own. The album dips its toes into a vary of genre and I personally feel some of the song writing on this record is top notch. Recently the penultimate song on the album, A Little Piece of Heaven was voted by the fans as the champion of Avenged Sevenfold’s March Mania Song Tournament. While some thought that Unholy Confessions should have won, A Little Piece Of Heaven is only a fitting tribute to Jimmy’s true creativity and visionary genius.

Now I have talked a brief history about the album and what critics thought of it but here is where I tell you why this album will always have a place in my heart.  I was fourteen when the album came out, there are many angst lyrics within the song on the album and as a teenager, I related a lot to some of the anger behind some of the songs, such as Critical Acclaim.  But there are also songs on the album such as Dear God and Afterlife which focus on loved ones.  In early 2008 I lost my granddad and I think in part this album helped me cope with the loss. The album became my soundtrack for the summer and then for the whole year. I may have listened to other albums yet when I think of 2007/2008 this music takes me right back there.  Now my favourite song by far off this album (and maybe in all of Avenged’s back catalogue) is A Little Piece of Heaven. So much so most of my social media names give a nod to the title, my YouTube channel is alittlepieceofkim because for me this song will always be a favourite. ALPOH is a Broadway show tune, with twisted and explicit lyrics that detail such things as necrophilia and murder but the production in this song is outstanding. This was one of the last songs to go on the album and Matt (M Shadows, Jimmy created the original song but at some points did feel like they should let the song go) pushed for it so hard, he really knew he they were onto a gem. I think it is obvious from much of this blog post that Jimmy was my favourite member of Avenged Sevenfold (even though you shouldn’t have favourites) but this album couldn’t have been as successful without Matt, Bryan, Zacky and Johnny. You can tell this record was made with passion and as a fan I truly adore it.

Admittedly, after Jimmy’s death I struggled a lot with listening to Avenged Sevenfold’s new stuff and I still do but I am hoping with a new album in the pipeline I may fall back in love with the band.  For me, Avenged Sevenfold was an album that I didn’t know I needed at the time but know I do. It opened the door for me into rock, not necessary heavy but rock none the less. I would suggest giving the album a whirl just to hear some of the talent on this record not just from the band but from some of the session musicians as well.

So there we have it, the first album of the miniseries. If you have listened to the album let me know what you think in the comments! Do you have an album that you hold close to your heart?

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