This is not, as one might have expected, the sound of a post-Ryan Ross band floundering, directionless. Instead, it is the sound of a band venturing down a number of relative dead ends; the sound of songwriters mining seams less rich than those they had previously explored. »
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baroque pop pioneers panic! at the disco's third album harkens back to the darkened pop punk that sealed the deal on their first lp. now comprised of a duo (singer / multi instrumentalist brendon urie and drummer spencer smith), on 'vices and virtues' the group take stock of their journey to one being one of the most popular punk-pop artists around by stripping back the excess to the core that makes them tick.
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