Emperor's New Clothes
Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen
Reduced to a single member -- multi-instrumentalist and longtime creative director Brendon Urie -- Panic! at the Disco remains as breakneck and jumpy as it was in the days of its original Vegas foursome. Without the bandmates who helped realize the creamy Beatles-scapes on Pretty. Odd., Urie fades a little into the shadow of Fall Out Boy from which Panic! originally emerged.Glitchy, triumphalist opening track "Victorious" and the horn-spiked "Hallelujah" follow closely in the post-reunion footsteps of Panic!'s labelmates, but the unstable "Emperor's New Clothes" and the crooned, throbbing title ballad restore the showtune glitz that's always been Urie's personal muse.