Proving what I already assumed to be true, the new Ryan Ross/Jon Walker project (ex-Panic! at the Disco) has a sound that is miles ahead of Panic’s new material. The band is called The Young Veins and they are continuing the trend found on Panic’s last record, combining catchy pop-rock choruses with Beatles-influenced musical arrangements. On first listen to their sole song, “Change”, it seems as if Ryan Ross is finally writing music for his own voice rather than Brendon Urie’s. Urie’s voice is not bad, per se, but it simply was not a good match for Ross’s more recent musical arrangements. It’s a welcome change, no pun intended, to hear Ross’s music not being overshadowed by Urie’s voice. I think The Young Veins just became my most anticipated album for 2010 (or, perhaps, 2009…).

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