Where should I begin with this one? I realize Ryan wanted to go and make his retro, Beatles inspired music but reality needs to slap him in the face because there is a difference between incorporating an influence and letting it dominate your music. When they released their first song through Spin, I was kind of caught off guard. It was faster and upbeat and showcased a good spot musically where the band could have some success. Granted, the lyrics were lacking and Ryan's voice is definitely less than stellar, I was willing to give them a shot. I wish I had gone with my initial instinct. Take A Vacation! is nothing but a pain to sit through as an album. At first you get what you expect, a modern band influenced and making retro music, but once you get 3 or 4 songs in? NOTHING CHANGES. The album is the same damn thing from front to back. Now musically there isn't anything wrong here, although it sounds like the scraps from Pretty.Odd. Ryan's voice is far too weak to even carry half of these songs. The lyrics are at most laughable, comparing to a 5th graders diary. For example, "Other Girl", "Don't wait around for love, You're not what he's thinking of/ When he's with the other girl, don't bother waiting up cuz he, he's not where he's suppose to be/ When he's with the other girl, When he's with the other girl."
I really don't know what to say about this album other than if you want a weak Pretty.Odd. then have at it. If you are a fan of Urie's vocals and liked the different areas Panic! explored on their last album then stay away from this.