Take a Vacation!

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Take a Vacation!
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Studio album by The Young Veins
Released June 8, 2010
Recorded June 2009–September 2009
Studio Castle Oak Studios and Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California
Length 29:06
Label One Haven Music
Producer Rob Mathes, Alex Greenwald
Singles from Take a Vacation!
  1. "Change"
    Released: April 6, 2010
  2. "Take a Vacation!"
    Released: May 18, 2010
  3. "Everyone but You"
    Released: May 25, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
BLARE Magazine3.5/4 stars[2]
Spin3.5/5 stars[3]
The Sound Alarm8/10 stars[4]
Review Rinse Repeat1.5/5 stars[5]
Lush Beat3.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars[7]
Virgin Group9/10 stars[8]
Indie London4.5/5 stars[9]

Take a Vacation! is the debut studio album by American rock band The Young Veins, and the first musical project by Ryan Ross and Jon Walker after their departure from Panic! at the Disco.

Critics have compared the album's sound to the music of 1960s groups such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Searchers, and The Zombies,[1][2][4] and have noted its similarities to the earlier Panic! album Pretty. Odd.[7]

Background and production[edit]

While on tour with Panic! at the Disco in 2008, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker began writing songs intended for the band's third album, but after showing the other members the songs they were working on it became apparent that a split was occurring over the direction that the band wanted to go in.

Ryan Ross performing with The Young Veins at the Crazy Donkey, July 2010.

On July 6, 2009, Ross and Walker departed from Panic! at the Disco. They soon gathered in Los Angeles and began recording the songs they had originally prepared for the next Panic! album. They were aided with the help of Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, who ended up producing seven tracks out of eleven, and Rob Mathes who produced four songs out of the album. He had also produced Pretty. Odd. with Panic! at the Disco.


On July 28, 2009, Ross and Walker announced their new band was entitled The Young Veins and premiered a new song, "Change", on their Myspace profile.

"Change" was released as a single on April 6, 2010.[10] "Take a Vacation!" was released on May 18 as the next single.[11] "Everyone but You" was released as the third single on May 25.[12] Take a Vacation! was released on June 8 through One Heaven Music.[13] Several editions of the album featured a variety of bonus tracks: a cover of the Everly Brothers song "Nothing Matters but You" (iTunes edition),[13] a cover of the Wanda Jackson song "Funnel of Love" (Amazon.com edition),[14] a cover of the Brenda Lee song "Is It True" (Amie Street edition),[15] and a cover of the Otis Redding song "Security" and a cover of the Searchers song "When You Walk in the Room" (UK edition).[16]

Several special box sets were made available exclusively for pre-order. One box set included a View-Master, with seven photos of the band. The box set also included a special lithograph image of the band. Another box set included a vinyl copy of the album along with the CD version, the View-Master with pictures, the special lithograph, a beach towel, a beach ball, sunglasses, a beach bag and a personally-signed postcard from the band.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ryan Ross and Jon Walker except where noted. All songs produced by Alex Greenwald except tracks 1, 2, 3 and 7, produced by Rob Mathes.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
2."Take a Vacation!"Ross2:28
3."Cape Town"Ross2:52
4."Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won't"Walker2:24
5."Young Veins (Die Tonight)" (Ryan Ross, Danny Fujikawa)Ross2:19
6."Everyone but You"Walker3:08
7."The Other Girl"Ross2:56
8."Dangerous Blues"Ross2:25
10."Lie to the Truth"Ross2:29
11."Heart of Mine"Ross & Walker3:00

Bonus tracks


The album was recorded before Ross and Walker recruited the other three members of the band. They played all of the parts listed below and were aided with assistance from friends.

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United States June 8, 2010[19]
United Kingdom July 5, 2010[20]


  1. ^ a b "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ a b "BLARE Magazine review". BLARE Magazine.
  3. ^ Barry Walters. "SPIN Magazine review".
  4. ^ a b Jo Otero (June 9, 2010). "Album Review: The Young Veins - Take A Vacation!". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Denis Simms (June 12, 2010). "The Young Veins - Take A Vacation! Review".
  6. ^ Chelsea Baird (June 8, 2010). "The Young Veins "Take A Vacation" - Review".
  7. ^ a b Ryan Reed (June 16, 2010). "The Young Veins: Take a Vacation! Review".
  8. ^ Jonathan Brown (June 30, 2010). "The Young Veins album review - Take A Vacation". Virgin Group. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
  9. ^ Jack Foley. "Take A Vacation - Review".
  10. ^ "Change by The Young Veins". iTunes. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Take A Vacation! (Single) by The Young Veins". iTunes. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Everyone But You (Single) by The Young Veins". iTunes. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Take A Vacation! by The Young Veins". iTunes. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  14. ^ "Amazon.com: Take A Vacation! (Amazon Exclusive Version): The Young Veins: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "Take A Vacation! by The Young Veins". Amie Street. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  16. ^ Take a Vacation! (Booklet). The Young Veins. One Haven Music. 2010. OHM-103-2X/OHM 103-2.
  17. ^ "Take A Vacation! Pre-Order Options". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  18. ^ "THE YOUNG VEINS – Release Debut Take A Vacation! – Out June 8". OneHavenMusic. 2010-03-24. Archived from the original on 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  19. ^ Deming, Mark. "Take a Vacation! - The Young Veins | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  20. ^ Deming, Mark. "Take a Vacation! - The Young Veins | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2016.