Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
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  1. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    Seemingly, emo is no longer a moody sub-culture, as one can't help but smile when a record is this brilliantly bombastic.
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    Above all, Vices & Virtues is a complete package that secures Panic! At The Disco as one of the most forward thinking pop-rock acts around.
  3. The only thing I want to do at the end of Vices & Virtues is hear it all over again.
  4. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    The duo-especially Urie, who turns in some of the premier performances of his career-sound absolutely recharged, likely a result of the lineup shuffling, but also perhaps a realization that the '70s were a nice place to visit for a couple years, but life in the 21st century is much more fun.
  5. Dec 21, 2011
    70
    Often, the individual pieces of this patchwork pop are more captivating than the overall image, yet there's still an undeniable appeal to Urie and Smith's crazed earnest energy.
  6. Apr 8, 2011
    70
    The departure of two of its crew is noticeable, but Vices & Virtues remains a convincing, uplifting, and entertaining voyage.
  7. 67
    Down two members - but up one exclamation point - Panic! at the Disco return to the surging electro-emo sound that first made them Hot Topic heartthrobs on Vices & Virtues.
  8. 60
    Vices & Virtues combines the best and most memorable elements of Panic! at the Disco's previous two full-length releases, and the end result is their catchiest and most accessible effort to date.
  9. Mar 22, 2011
    60
    These songs are missing some of the hyper mall-rat poetry that made Panic's first two albums such daffy fun. But the arrangements are tight, even when the songs get baroque.
  10. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    The competition is tough for Emo's Most-Avowed Dramatist -- Gerard Way? Jared Leto?! -- but Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie might take the golden compact.
  11. Mar 30, 2011
    50
    Vices & Virtues is quite some distance from the triumphs of that remarkable record.
  12. Kerrang!
    Apr 4, 2011
    40
    With Vice & Virtues Panic At The Disco sound like the kind of people your grandparents would like. That doesn't mean that they are people who make bad music, but it does mean that they are creators of an album that does not rock. [26 Mar 2011, p.50]
  13. Mar 24, 2011
    40
    The songs sound forced and formulaic, with Ross's tales of alcoholic parents and identity confusion replaced by more straightforward lyrics about youngish love that have the difficult task of winning back fans who are now six years older.
  14. Apr 1, 2011
    30
    Vices & Virtues bucks that somewhat healthy trend in entirely the wrong manner, and represents exactly the kind of the uninspired drudgery of Americana indie rock that has emerged in the wake of the likes of My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy.
  15. Mar 22, 2011
    30
    If you were expecting some kind of creative transformation from the shakeup, this new album may be something of a disappointment, as Urie and drummer Spencer Smith return to the skittish, bombastic pop-rock of their debut.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 74
  2. Negative: 5 out of 74
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    8
    Losing half of their members due to musical differences, Panic!'s Brendon Urie took up the mantle of songwriter which would have copiousLosing half of their members due to musical differences, Panic!'s Brendon Urie took up the mantle of songwriter which would have copious amounts of pressure placed upon someone who had always co-wrote songs. Nevertheless this third effort from the duo/band, a reversion similar to "Fever" days, sees Urie comfortably navigating his lyrics through the album, bringing up great highlights such as the rollicking trio of "Memories", "Trade Mistakes" and "Ready To Go", and demonstrating that they haven't lost they melodic orchestral sound from the "Pretty. Odd." era on "Sarah Smiles" towards the end. Criticism may be directed at the simple song structure, however few can deny that Panic! is definitely back. Full Review »
  2. Nov 30, 2017
    9
    I will never understand how this album is considered only mediocre by so many people. Sure, it's definitely not their best work, and it isI will never understand how this album is considered only mediocre by so many people. Sure, it's definitely not their best work, and it is repetitive. It's so great still, the songs that shine the brightest shine so BRIGHT!!! Such as, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", "Hurricane", "Trade Mistakes", "The Calendar", and of course "Nearly Witches [Ever Since We Met...]" It's so great and so underrated. A- Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2014
    10
    This album by Panic! At the Disco is simply stunning. Whilst it sounds different to both its predecessors, this album's new sound isThis album by Panic! At the Disco is simply stunning. Whilst it sounds different to both its predecessors, this album's new sound is excellent. Trade Mistakes and Memories being the stand-out tracks, this album has NO letdowns. An easy 10 out of 10, the best album this year and possibly this decade. Full Review »