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82

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Aug 19, 2022
    90
    Viva Las Vengeance is Urie's amorous declaration to everything sumptuously mythic, exultant, tragic, and yes, even silly about loving and aspiring to be a part of the rock'n'roll world. That Urie is completely self-aware about his place in that world makes Viva Las Vengeance all the more delicious.
  2. Aug 19, 2022
    85
    For those of us who love both power pop and musical theater, though, and haven’t been as much enamored of their previous emo, this is Panic!’s best album. The paradox is that this may be one-man-band Urie’s hardest-rocking collection, as well as his most stagy.
  3. Aug 24, 2022
    80
    It absolutely borrows plenty from all of Brendon’s influences – but that’s not a bad thing. Viva Las Vengeance is both consistently catchy and classic-sounding, and another fine addition to Panic!’s remarkably varied discography.
  4. Aug 19, 2022
    80
    The album is like a wild ride in a muscle car where someone’s constantly fiddling with the radio, forever chasing the high that comes with hearing the perfect riff at the perfect moment. ... Viva Las Vengeance sounds great, its piston-like licks and soaring solos acting like time machines to a rose-colored-glasses-refracted era.
  5. 80
    Yes, ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ is a very different Panic! At The Disco album, but it stays true to their devil-may-care attitude.
  6. Aug 19, 2022
    60
    A fun, enjoyable vessel that spotlights a magnetic talent. The music might not entirely be Panic! at the Disco’s own – but like fellow Vegas bigwig Elvis, that’s clearly no barrier.
  7. Aug 19, 2022
    50
    While it does knock out some definite singalongs, sprinkling in some fun hooks and catchy structures, there is something missing beneath the veneer of theatricality. This is an album that hints at complexity, but it is inevitably overshadowed by Urie’s one-man-show.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 194 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 194
  1. s_e
    Aug 20, 2022
    10
    People keep going on about how this isn’t how Panic! used to be… Ryan Ross this and Ryan Ross that… just accept the fact that bands change andPeople keep going on about how this isn’t how Panic! used to be… Ryan Ross this and Ryan Ross that… just accept the fact that bands change and evolve, and members come and go. Brendon is and always has been the voice of Panic! at the Disco, and he always makes sure that every album sounds different than the last. This is definitely his most unique album and I’m all here for it. Not only does he call back to the bands of the 70s and 80s that inspired him, but he does it with a musical theatre flare unlike anything we’ve ever heard before. The instrumentals are some of the most creative and beautiful that we’ve heard from him, and really add to the depth of the album. Overall, this album is a breath of fresh air coming from the mainstream pop sound of Pray for the Wicked, and will surely go down as one of Panic!’s most diverse, creative, and all-around enjoyable albums. Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2022
    3
    Viva Las Vengeance is a highly derivative album with most of its tracks sounding like shallow impressions of classic rock hits. While theViva Las Vengeance is a highly derivative album with most of its tracks sounding like shallow impressions of classic rock hits. While the production is crisp and clean, the songwriting is lackluster at best and often times lazy. Ultimately, the album boils down to a collection of bland and uninspiring songs that make a mockery of the material they drew inspiration from. Full Review »
  3. Aug 20, 2022
    3
    It makes me very sad how brendon urie has changed over the years. He has an amazing voice, but his extreme self awareness of this makes it soIt makes me very sad how brendon urie has changed over the years. He has an amazing voice, but his extreme self awareness of this makes it so he thinks he has to belt and scream on every song, every possible time he can. It just doesn’t sound good anymore. Middle of a Breakup sounded like a song I would make in 7th grade, I don’t know how it was allowed to be released. The title track and Don’t Let the Light go Out are the only highlights, I actually enjoy those songs. Panic! At the Disco has been my favorite band for so many years, hopefully some positive changes come with the next album, if there is one. Full Review »