It must be tough to be a skate-punk band with anti-authoritarian lyrics and a definite Christian bent for more than a dozen years and not switch up the formula at least a little bit. In the case of the mildly popular MXPX, their music continues to morph from the left of the dial towards the right on their tenth album. This is not a bad thing, per se. "Darkest Places" is the kind of anthem they've always excelled at, and even covered in the thick candy coating of radio-sheen production, it packs a mighty wallop. The real weak link in the band at this point is vocalist Mike Herrera. He sounds fine when reverbed and multitracked and whatever else on the choruses, but his flat delivery on many of the songs is just not enough to carry them now that they're no longer angry diatribes. He's just no Milo, you know? That said, his words are pretty ironic and great, and they do help make "Young and Depressed" and "Wrecking Hotel Rooms" into classic teen angst pop-punk songs, absolutely begging to be heard in the latest teen blockbuster. There's a reason all those old school rockers had backing singers; perhaps MXPX could borrow a few from Rod Stewart? He doesn't seem very busy these days. --Mike McGonigal
Album Description Over the past ten years, MXPX have sold well over a million records in the US. "Panic" features their trademark sound, while adding more mature themes lyrically. They're one of the Warped main stage headliners and they'll follow that up with a full US tour in the fall.
Record Label Side One Dummy
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2005
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012335495 EAN 0603967126921 UPC 603967126921
Much Louder and Angrier than it's predecessor Sep 3, 2006
Musically MXPX are at the top of their game on "Panic". The songs are crafted more carefully and executed at a more experienced level.
It seems that on "Panic" MXPX are distancing themselves from the work they did previously on "Before Everything and After". "BEAA" did have a more polished feel than their previous albums, which contrary to (undeserved) popular belief, wasnt a 'bad thing'. That album in fact contained some MXPX's finest work, both lyrically and musically. Many of the songs reached levels previously untouched by the band on their earlier albums.
"Panic" seems to be a attempt at getting back to more "in your face" type of songs. This album finds much louder and angrier songs than it's predecessor.
Mike Herrera lyrical content on "Panic" differs greatly from his previous works. In the past Herrera's lyrics have centered around 'hope' and 'inspiration'. However, it seems now Herrera is shining a slightly darker light on his writings. It maybe a sign of the times. The lyrics just seem to weighed down by something. Dont misunderstand, the lyrics are written well, they just differ in content and style.
All in all though "Panic" is a great addition to any MXPX collection.
Better than I expected Jun 15, 2006
When I first bought this album, I thought it was okay. I was used to songs like "Punk Rawk Show" and "Chick Magnet", so this was not what I expected. After a week or so I began to like it. After buying the previous album "Before Everything and After" I realized how much better Panic was than that album. I listened to Panic again and loved it.
The album starts out with the fast song "Darkest Places", which goes to the next song "Young and Depressed". The lyrics for that song are amazingly written! More great songs have the classic MxPx maturity (mature in a good way), only with a darker touch.
If you liked oldschool MxPx, you'll love this. It may have to grow on you, but once it does it will be one of your favorite albums ever. Give yourself a treat and buy this.
Good Stuff May 25, 2006
First of all, you should know that I don't listen to a lot of punk music. (I listen to metal mostly, but I like all kinds of music.) I'm telling you this because I don't know what's new and good in the "punk world." The punk music I listen to and like may be different than the kind you listen to and like. I can't tell you whether this "groundbreaking" stuff or if it's same old same old.
I can say that it's been quite a long time since I've listened to MxPx, and when I saw this new album at the store I had to pick it up. I am glad I did, because this is a very good album. I would give it 5 stars but I don't like every single song on here. Some of my favorite songs on here are "The darkest places," "young and depressed," and "late again."
Don't Panic... you'll like it. Apr 11, 2006
this has jumped to the top of my list of MxPx albums. Not sure why since they have slowed down somewhat, but I would think there is more melody now coupled with Mike's voice, and you still got the classic MxPxed-ness in there somewhat.
"Heard that Sound", "Wrecking Hotel Rooms", and "Grey Skies Turn Blue" WILL have you tapping your feet and possibly nodding along.. easily three tracks that should be on any MxPx Greatest hits thingy or what-have-you..
I'm glad these guys are still around. They've went from minor annoying (not to me) punk band to a group that's probably going see themselves listed as influences in the next generation of whatever music the kids will be playing in the future, be it punk, rock or something-core.. good for them.
I'm VERY impressed! Apr 2, 2006
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this album. The past MXPX productions have been ok and had a few good tracks here and there. But in contrast, this album was remarkable and I was completely amazed.
"Young and Depressed," is a song all about depression. Even though it had some miserable lyrics, it rocked the socks off of me when I listened to it. It has a catchy beat and is really funky-ass. I think it's funny that the band talks about depression in the song, then suddenly the lyrics switch to talking about being 'well dressed'.well at least there's something to be happy about. " You're young and depressed / with no future in this loneliness / you're young and depressed / But you're pretty well dressed / Yeah you're pretty well dressed." Well . at least you're pretty well dressed. That's all that counts anyway, right? Very reminiscent of Morrissey in "Hairdresser on Fire," where he howls, "you are repressed / but you're remarkably dressed."
"Heard That Sound," is the debut single for the album. I think it appropriately shows how great this production really is. It has definitely been stuck in my head for the past few days; the lyrics are good, and the beat is great. Definitely a keeper.
"Wrecking Hotel Rooms," is another song that I couldn't get enough of. When I listened to it, I knew there was something different about this song. I indexed it as one of my favorites, but when I went to do my homework about this track, I found out Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 was on vocals. Ehhh whoops, do I feel like a loser now or what? I suppose Mr. Hoppus has wrecked his fair share of hotel rooms during his illustrious career, so at lease MXPX consulted an expert for this song.
"Late Again," is the only complaint I really have. This song was so annoying and obnoxious I couldn't stand it for another minute. It has been banned from my CD player for time and all eternity. The repetitive nature just ruins an otherwise good song .and makes it fast paced and racy.
"Emotional Anarchist" is just another track that kicks ass. The lyrics mixed with the catchy tune make it hard to resist. This song deserves a whole lot of credit, because even at its short length (2:02), it made me want to start my own personal mosh pit.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I enjoyed listening to it and found a new favorite album for the next week or so. I would have thought MXPX would have seen their last days, after changing record labels three different times over a decade's span, but I was obviously wrong. Look's like the band has cranked out a record worthy of their fans' allowance money.