A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Wacky but weak debut from alt-emo-rock's darlings.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 124 reviews

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Positive Messages

Occasionally sexist and egotistical ("I've never looked better, and you can't stand it").


Some disturbing images: "This is the scent of dead skin on a linoleum floor/This is the scent of quarantine wings in a hospital" and "Well, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor/Just for the attention."


"Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" talks about sex with "Is it still me that makes you sweat?/Am I who you think about in bed?/When the lights are dim and your hands are/shaking as you're sliding off your dress?"


"I've got more wit, a better kiss, a hotter touch, a better f--k." and "And yes, but what a shame, what a shame, the/poor groom's bride is a whore."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Prescribed pills/To offset the shakes" and "Oh and the smokes in that cigarette box on the table/they just so happen to be laced with nitroglycerin."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this indie rock band laces their creative lyrics with some disturbing images ("Well, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor/Just for the attention") and sexual innuendo ("Is it still me that makes you sweat?/Am I who you think about in bed?/When the lights are dim and your hands are/shaking as you're sliding off your dress?"). Other than the one mention of "f--k," the intense band is able to keep their songs profantity-free.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byamberg2 January 15, 2016


Adult Written byHiddlesSkittles January 1, 2015


The person who wrote this article has no taste in music. This album is amazing, and so is the band. Sex is not a new concept if your child is over 12 so you rea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicaddict4444 April 29, 2010

Perfect for teens with a taste for emo.

No offense, but I think that whoever wrote the main review has no taste in music. The music is incredible, the lyrics unique, and the singer amazing. Worthwhi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypunkrocker July 1, 2009

The Best Album You Will Ever Listen to. For ANY AGE.

Wow, this is the best album ever! It is AMAZING! It doesn't deserve 2 stars it deserves 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 out of 5! Seriously... This is the best... Continue reading

What's the story?

Whiny and self-conscious, the songs on A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT are filled with repetition and awkward phrasing -- to the point that many are actually unpleasant to listen to. The Las Vegas-based group, Panic! At the Disco, has been heralded by critics as delivering a unique blend of melody-driven rock and dance music, and there is a bit of talent here mixed up with some quirky originality. But the band seems to think so highly of themselves that preciousness trumps artistic originality on almost every track. A theatrical circus-y ambiance provides whatever excitement there is here, but it's not enough to keep things interesting.

Is it any good?

Over-processed and monotonous vocals, tedious special effects, songs that don't really work thematically or musically -- with one or two perky exceptions -- add up to a project that probably makes way more sense to the band members than anyone else. You'll find a sprinkling of four-letter words, but mostly the lyrics are obtuse enough to not mean very much to anyone except, one gets the feeling, band members and other insiders. It's that quality of self-centered navel-gazing that is the worst part.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about weirdness just for the sake of being weird, and if that is really the best way to make a point as an artist. Why is this band being critically celebrated?

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