Though Panic! at the Disco have been away for a bit, their time away from the spotlight has been spent meticulously crafting Vices and Virtues, their third record. Being their first without original members/songwriters Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, many have questioned how the band will remain relevant and how vocalist Brendan Urie will deliver on his promise of tunes in the vein of their debut record, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. With their new single “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” Urie and drummer Spencer Smith show that Pretty.Odd was the anomaly and you won’t miss the absent members.
The song starts out with a mysterious circus-type vibe. This is risqué-pop P!ATD, worthy of their peculiarly-placed grammar. Urie works his vocal chords with a seductive melody, reminiscent of “Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have without Taking Her Clothes Off.” Synth, strings, and bells are unsurprisingly woven in, completing the transformation back to the style that sold 2.2 million records. Smith makes his presence known from some upbeat percussion that keeps the track moving towards Top 40.
It’s mysterious, it’s fun, it’s Panic. Click the repeat button and sub in “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” because (as much as I love her,) Katy Perry’s “Firework” is played out.
As of now, the band will be going on a two-part tour. The first part, which is before the album is released, is called, “An Intimate Evening with Panic! at the Disco”. Only a few tracks from the new album will be played. After the new album is released, the second part of the tour will begin. Eight dates have been announced so far with six in North America and two in Europe.