"Emo is bullshit. We want to be the new Radiohead," said singer Brendon Urie recently. The comparison is obviously ludicrous, revealing the delusions of grandeur that this Las Vegas wuss-pop unit suffers from.
Here, they offer up 17 tracks from this summer's Honda Civic Tour, three even worse alternate mixes and a companion DVD. What makes PATD unlistenable is their penchant for emotional theatrics that don't actually mean anything or ever go anywhere - especially when they wander into folky territory. In an industry where marketing trumps creative rationale every time, this "just in time for Christmas" release isn't Stop Making Sense; it's more like Start Making Dollars And Cents.
Top Track: Camisado