Panic! At The Disco: A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

PUBLISHED: 10:17 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

College rock, power-pop; whatever moniker you want to give American teen rock bands flooding our consciousness, it has barely proffered any innovation for more than a decade, yet still they come at us, fresh-faced, bedecked in skate wear and crazy hairs

College rock, power-pop; whatever moniker you want to give American teen rock bands flooding our consciousness, it has barely proffered any innovation for more than a decade, yet still they come at us, fresh-faced, bedecked in skate wear and 'crazy' hairstyles.

PATD have at least taken a slightly different tack.

Their high-octane power-pop heavily mixes aspects of electronica and traditional instruments usually spurned by these bands; from adrenalising hard-house-inspired breakdowns, vocoders and bleeps layered in alongside the guitars, to piano swirls, trumpet and xylophone backing in the second half.

Fans of the genre will hail its innovation, others may find it hard to stomach the remaining power-pop characteristics. 3/5

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