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Vices and Virtues is the third studio album by Panic! At The Disco. It was released on March 22nd, 2011. The album was recorded between April 20th - July 26th 2010 at Ruby Red Studios and Foxy Studios. The album was recorded as a duo by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith due to the departure of lyricist, composer, and guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker in July of 2009. Dallon Weekes, who had been touring with the band since 2009, was officially deemed a member during the album's recording. However, due to the record being near completion at the time, he was not featured on it.

Vices & Virtues received generally mixed and positive reviews, with critics praising the album for its wide variety of music styling, while criticizing compositional simplicity and Urie's verbose lyricism. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 56,000 copies within its first week.

Tracks

  1. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
  2. Let's Kill Tonight
  3. Hurricane
  4. Memories
  5. Trade Mistakes
  6. Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
  7. Always
  8. The Calendar
  9. Sarah Smiles
  10. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)

Bonus tracks

Band Participation

This was the first album where Ryan Ross was not lead writer on the album's tracks or conception, though his song Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...), was used from the scrapped Cricket & Clover. For the remaining tracks, Urie and Smith had learned to further their songwriting skills. Because of this, all tracks are written by them, with help from additional writers, including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. On tour, Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes filled in for the guitar and bass position respectively. Crawford would leave at the end of the tour in 2012, later being replaced by Kenneth Harris.

Brendon Urie is the only member to perform vocals on the album, including backing vocals. He also performed all bass, guitar, and keyboards on the album, while also using synthesizers and programming to further develop the sound. Spencer Smith performed all drums and percussion on the album.

During the recording of Vices & Virtues, Dallon Weekes was promoted to an official member. As the album was almost finished however, Dallon was unable to contribute any music to the album. Despite this, Dallon is responsible for the conception of the album's cover, and can be seen standing behind Urie and Smith in a mask.
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