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!


Monthly Favourites #5 (January 2016)

The first month of 2016 is slowly wrapping up, so it is time for a favourites blog post!

Film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I enjoy the Star Wars films, like the originals and I like the prequels so at some point I would go see The Force Awakens. Nearly everyone I know saw episode seven in December, where as I saw it January. However, this meant the cinema wasn’t as crowded and I could enjoy the film without some person sat next to me ruffling sweet packets. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good quality film, maybe a little dull in places but overall it is good. There are plenty of action and emotional scenes but the one thing that really impressed me about episode seven was the new trio, Rey, Finn and Poe. The new trio are great, they are not just stereotypical tropes and I can’t wait to see more of them in action. If you haven’t seen any of the Star Wars films before go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is easy to follow and you will be introduced into a great sci-fi series.
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TV Show – Supernatural
From recent blog post it was obvious that Supernatural was going to be in a favourites blog post. I have banged on this show a lot to my close friends and family and I think everyone is sick of me going on about it. If you want to know what Supernatural just check out this blog post where I talk about some great TV shows.

Music – Panic! At The Disco
I have been a fan of P!ATD since my emo days some years ago, (if am I honest I am still secretly an emo kid). I have followed Panic! on and off over the recent years and saw them live around the Vices & Virtues album, in truth I have never gone off Panic!. This month Panic! (that consists of the original and only member Brendon Urie) released their fifth album Death of a Bachelor. Death of a Bachelor is Panic! if you know there sound you can tell from the first beat it is them, perhaps with a more pop twist. The fifth album is great, LA Devotee and Emperor’s New Clothes are some of my favourites from the album. Brendon has been improving on his writing and music since the first album and you can hear that all the hard work is paying off, there is no doubt this man is full of creative ideas. I would love to see Panic live again so maybe this year I can do that because they sure throw one a hell of a gig.

Product – Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover
One day my local supermarket didn’t have any of the above eye make-up remover in store, no worries I thought I will just get something else. How wrong I was! Previous eye make-up removers either burn or don’t actually remove waterproof mascara, I have at least two bottles of rubbish eye make-up remover in my house. But imagine my joy when visiting a friend I found Nivea remover, let’s just say taking off my eye make-up is now a joy.

Documentaries –Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief & Cobain: Montage of Heck &
This month I watched two great documentaries, the first I watched was the Scientology documentary, which received wide spread praise from critics. For some time I have been wanting to watch the Going Clear documentary due to the amount praise it has received and I wasn’t disappointed. What I took from Going Clear was that initially Scientology had good theories with bettering oneself but things definitely took a sour turn. Scientology for is very what the hell? Some of the things to documentary revealed shocked me and that is all I am going to say.
The other documentary I watched was Cobain: Montage of Heck, which is about the life of Kurt Cobain. As a fan of nirvana and someone who wrote a whole essay on grunge, I have always been intrigued by Cobain’s life. Montage of Heck is great as it doesn’t focus of Kurt being seen as a famous drug addict, it shows a side to Kurt that only his family and friends knew. Kurt Cobain, from what I could gather was extremely creative, almost bursting with it but he also suffered a lot emotional. It is a well-put together documentary and it is the first documentary to involve Kurt’s family, if you like Nirvana this documentary is a must.

So that is all my favourites this month, do you have any favourites this month if so share them in the comments below.