Then in 2009 while recording a third album the band lost half it's members. Ryan Ross and Jon Walker went on to form a new band The Young Veins which stayed in the psychedelic sound of the band's second album. Remaining members Brendan Urie and Spencer Smith wanted to keep the band's sound in a more pop sound like their debut, which was good for them in the end. At the time it seemed as if the band were done for but then later that year the band released their first single with the new lineup "New Perspective." This single was from the soundtrack to the ridiculous movie Jennifer's Body and showed that the band were in no way done.
Then in 2011 the band announced their new album Vices & Virtues and preceded it with their single "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" which was on the same level of greatness as the band's debut. That album was similar to the sound of the band's debut and led the band to the new sound they have on their recently released fourth album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
The album has a very 80s inspired sound that is very prevalent in songs like "Girls That You Love," "Casual Affair" and third single "Girls/Girls/Boys." This album is set to restore fan's faith in the band and it will do so.
From first single "Miss Jackson" which features soul singer Lolo to the rocky "Nicotine," the band never disappoint on this record. All of the songs are good and memorable. "Nicotine" is the best song on the album and should be the fourth single. Almost every song is an album highlight from the dancy "Vegas Lights" to the album's lone ballad and closing song, "The End of All Things." The only song that is sort of lackluster is the second single "This is Gospel." While you'd think that a single would be one of the more memorable tracks, it just doesn't hold up against the rest of the songs.
This album finds the band experimenting with new sounds. The album's musical style mixes in electropop, rock, power pop, hip hop and R&B. The band are getting more experimental than ever.
This album is definitely a good step forward and hopefully the band stay on this level from now on.