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Pretty. Odd.

Panic! At the Disco

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On their second release Panic at the Disco lay out their cheeky intentions immediately with a brief opening ditty that proclaims: “Oh, how we’ve been so long/we’re sorry we’ve been gone/we were busy writing songs for you!” before erupting into a cheering crowd. The self-referential schtick and some of the sillier lyrics can get a bit thick but there’s no denying that they’re having a good time and it’s all charming enough to pull listeners along. They try to hide their ambition behind runaway goofiness but there are too many good hooks and hummable melodies to truly believe that they don’t know what they’re doing. And as soon as you think that maybe they’re taking none of it seriously they throw off a lovely tune like “Northern Downpour.” Stylistically it’s all miles from their 2005 debut A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. This time around they toss in a bit of everything, including strings, horn fills, swirling harmonies, even a mock-vaudevillian interlude in “I Have Friends in Holy Places.” To say that Pretty. Odd. is often over the top is as obvious as some of the corny wordplay.

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Don't believe the Scene kids, this is a great album

The anthemic chorus of "That Green Gentleman" rings, "Things have changed for me..." Things have certainly changed with Panic at the Disco's second album, and that's okay. But it does not feel the same. The quartet has ditched the edgy emo sound and replaced it with a more melodic and experimental sound, paying tribute to the glory of the 60's. While today's scene crowd may bicker at the new sound, Panic has ultimately demonstrated profound musical and compositional growth. There is something for everyone on this album. The upbeat and accessible songs, "Nine in the Afternoon" and "That Green Gentleman" compliment the revealing "Northern Downpour," while the oddities "The Piano Knows Something I Don't" and "Behind the Sea" appeal to the individual in search of the avant-garde. (For example, the surreal "Piano" never settles on a constant structure as it spirals around spacey guitars and ethereal church bells, and the last half of "Behind the Sea is the same chord progression as "Jingle Bell Rock") With "Pretty. Odd." Panic has pumped up its songs with grand orchestral instrumentations in hopes of transcending the emo-pop label placed upon them. I just hope people are smart enough to appreciate it.

Where's the Panic and Disco?

Ive been anticipating this album for a long time and I was really excited. When Nine In the Afternoon came out, I was satisfied. The song wasnt as witty or clever as their previous album but it was catchy and upbeat, I liked it enough. Considering my favorite songs on the last album werent the singles, I figured this album would be the same. So i braved the pouring rain here to go buy Pretty. Odd. as soon as I could. I popped it into my CD player expecting the best. We're So Starving was kinda weird, but likeable enough as an intro to Nine In the Afternoon, which was fun. But then She's a Handsome Woman came on. The song wasnt anything like any PATD i had heard before. It sounded more like The Beatles with Brandon Urie as a guest vocalist. "It must be a fluke" I told myself, and moved on to the next track, and the next, and the next. It was then that I knew this was not a Panic At the Disco album or (Panic! At the Disco). There was no Panic. There was no Disco. The dance-rock style that DEFINED Panic! At the Disco was nowhere to be found. I feel incredibly tricked by Nine In the Afternoon because it had an evolved feel from the first album, but the rest of the songs werent evolved styles. They were completely different. I do not like this album. Not just because its different from their old style, but because I don't even like this style to begin with. In my eyes, Panic At the Disco is no more, and all I have to remember them by is one album. If you loved the Panic! in A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, be prepared. This is ENTIRELY different band. There's no Panic, no Disco, just "At the", and thats what this album feels like to me. Of course if you enjoy the style that they became, it may turn out to be a good album. But I cant judge the quality of the CD within that style because I don't like the style to begin with. Anyways, Im incredibly disappointing and it feels like one of my favorite bands has died.

Completely Different, Completey Amazing

Panic at The Disco's second album is a far cry from the first. It's style is much more influenced by people like the Beatles, and it sounds new a fresh. It has blown me away just as uch as the first album, but in a completely different way. I recommend buying the full album. That Green Gentleman, Pas de Cheval, and Nine in the Afternoon are probably the high points. I miss the circus theme of live performances, but the new music leaves nothing to be desired

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Las Vegas, NV

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The members of Panic! At the Disco had barely graduated high school when their full-length debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, transformed the suburban Las Vegas teens into national emo-pop stars. The band had materialized several years earlier, when friends Spencer Smith (drums) and Ryan Ross (guitar) began covering blink-182 tunes together. After tiring of playing another group's material, they recruited two additional classmates, guitar/vocalist Brendon Urie and bassist Brent Wilson, and the newly...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Punk
  • Released: Mar 24, 2008

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