Pray For The Wicked (LP)


Panic! At The Disco

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Amoeba Review

06/20/2018

Panic! At the Disco are one of the few rock acts to survive as many changes in membership as stylistic left turns and come out not only intact, but stronger. Their last album, 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, was the first to solely feature original band member Brendon Urie, and it also happened to be their first No. 1 record. Perhaps unburdened by the past, Panic! At the Disco have evolved far from their emo-dance-punk debut on Pray for the Wicked, which embraces the sound of current radio, from stadium-folk-rock to hip hop. First single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” is as festival-ready a single you’ll find, coasting on Urie’s deceptively complex arrangement and snaking melody into a lighter-waving chorus that pushes Urie’s vocal range into the stratosphere. On “High Hopes,” a Kanye-fied backdrop of horns and a marching band beat makes for one of the most interesting pop-rock mashups in recent history. But, as this is still the band that crashed onto the charts with a hyper, hard-to-pin-down punk-indebted sound, Pray for the Wicked is anything but safe. “(Fuck a) Silver Lining” begins the album with manic, Prince-like shouts, wildly twisted synths, and sudden drum breakdowns that sound like three separate songs imploding into one glorious post-breakup anthem. Whether Urie’s Panic! At the Disco can continue to push modern-rock radio leftward remains to be seen, but at the very least, Pray for the Wicked is a thrilling listen and a fascinating document of the anything-goes approach to pop in which we currently find ourselves.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
(Fuck A) Silver Lining
Panic! At The Disco 02:48
2.
Say Amen (Saturday Night)
Panic! At The Disco 03:09
3.
Hey Look Ma, I Made It
Panic! At The Disco 02:49
4.
High Hopes
Panic! At The Disco 03:10
5.
Roaring 20s
Panic! At The Disco 03:06


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dancing's Not A Crime
Panic! At The Disco 03:39
2.
One Of The Drunks
Panic! At The Disco 03:18
3.
The Overpass
Panic! At The Disco 02:57
4.
King Of The Clouds
Panic! At The Disco 02:40
5.
Old Fashioned
Panic! At The Disco 02:46
6.
Dying In LA
Panic! At The Disco 03:49

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