This OTT album sees Brendon Urie simultaneously impress with his talents and leave the listener slightly baffled. It’s a mix between MCR emo at its most burlesque and the operatic classic rock of Queen — “Let me be a killer queen” he sings within seconds of the opening so it’s clear what the influences are.
Track two opens with the B52s Rock Lobster, the bass line of which reappears throughout the song; nice and cheesy does it.
The lines that sum the album up best — or at least leap out every time we play it — are: “I lost a bet to a guy in a chiffon skirt / But I make these high heels work”, as well as “champagne, cocaine, gasoline”.
Just when you’re getting used to the emo-glam sound, along comes the title track, where Urie channels Frank Sinatra with a big band swing-ish beat, a mood that continues into Crazy=Genius, which in Urie’s case it clearly does.
The Sinatra thing is no fluke: closer Impossible sees Urie adopt a crooner’s silky tones so convincingly we scanned the sleeve notes to see who the guest singer was. It’s a baffling range of genres at first listen and his sheer exuberance makes it hard to pin down, but its limitless energy means that it’s a grower.