Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Fresh Start Full of Virtues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Fresh Start Full of Virtues

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Byline: RICK PEARSON

PANIC! AT THE DISCO O2 Academy Brixton, SW9 WITH song titles such as There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought of It Yet, Panic! at the Disco had all the hallmarks of a novelty act when they emerged in 2005. So when half the band decided to call it quits after the second album, 2008's Pretty. Odd, it seemed that the game was up.

Instead, frontman Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith returned with Vices & Virtues -- the group's third, and arguably best, album to date. This gave last night's show in south London, the final stop on an eight-date UK tour, the feel of a fresh start rather than the bitter end.

Treating the crowd -- pogoing teenagers at the front, parental chaperones at the back -- to a highintensity, two-hour show, the Americans came armed with more hits and hooks than a 12-round boxing match. Without reinventing the wheel, they were also happy to experiment: cover versions of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus and The Darkness' I Believe In A Thing Called Love were served up next to their own emo rock numbers. …

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