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Album Review: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! At the Disco

By Tess Smith, Albright College

May 05, 2021

The History – From 2005 to 2021, Panic! At The Disco, have gone through many genres and many different band-member lineups. Taken under by their mentors, 2000’s emo band Fall Out Boy, Panic! released their first album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out after recording it for four months. With key musical genres shown in their debut album like electropunk combined with string bands it was very much an acquired taste, and a bold choice as an attempt to break into the pop-punk scene. The album selling almost 10,000 albums in just the first week was a slow start for them, but when they released their first single of the album, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” the band skyrocketed in fame and albums sold.

The Album – Their first single from the album, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” made the album a hit, and as of today it is their best-selling album and one of their most popular songs. The album’s sound can be described with genres such as emo, pop punk, baroque pop, etc. The band wanted to combine their influences involving the alternative rock genre and string bands with accordions, and even stated that they just wanted to make music inspired by some of the biggest bands of the past five decades. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out is one of Panic! At The Disco’s most daring album for it being their first, and in the end it paid off for them to take such a risk in combining so many vastly different instruments and genres.

The Rating: 8.0/10

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