Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked Album review
Panic! At The Disco are back with their sixth album. It’s hard to believe that over a decade ago that Panic! Was a quartet. However, Brendon Urie has flourished handling the mantle of Panic! Alone. Pray for the Wicked continues the jazz-addled sound of 2016’s Death of a Bachelor.
Pray for the Wicked which Urie co-produced with Jake Sinclair (Weezer, Fall Out Boy) features 11 brilliantly fun tracks.
Bredon kicks things off with a smooth blend funk-infused dance and Hip-Hop jam (Fuck A) Silver Lining. A perfect opener that shots a jolt of energy into every muscle of the body. The track is perfectly matched with Say Amen (Saturday Night). The bass and electronics here offer some classic Panic! At The Disco sound with an updated twist. Also, that extended, soaring falsetto note is a true testament to Bredon’s vocal abilities.
Hey Look Ma, I Made It, is a savvy look at the record labels thirst for new material, “Cause I’m a hooker sellin’ songs and my pimp’s a record label,” and people only wanting to be around you for the fame. These, however, are only underlining themes of the track.
This funk triumph is a cheeky tongue and cheek celebration of his success in the music industry. Urie combines a multitude of layers showcasing his genius. High Hopes is the catchy radio anthem about seeking greatness.
Roaring 20s brings the 1920/30s swing sound to a mass audience. A departure of sound from earlier songs on the album. Roaring 20s is a call-back to the classic Panic! Of 05. The album anthem Dancing’s Not a Crime is a multi-layered hit that’s impossible not to move your feet too.
Urie slows things down with One of the Drunks an electronic exploration on the highs and lows of the party lifestyle. Urie continues the 30s jazz energy with the orchestration of The Overpass. Panic! Go wild on the most bombastic track of the album.
Bredon continues that energetic experience with King of the Clouds. A track that leaves its mark long after it’s over as you float through the eras. Old Fashioned is a celebration of his best years.
Pray for the Wicked Finale
On 2016’s Death of a Bachelor – LA Devotee was Brendon’s love letter to the city of LA. Dying in LA, however, paints a darker picture of the city of angels describing someone struggling to make it. Dying in LA is a beautiful piano ballad and a somber ending to an energetic album.
Overall, Pray for the Wicked is a musical triumph. Panic! At the Disco have changed quite a bit since their debut is 2005. However, Brendon Urie has kept Panic! alive with his passion and it shows here. Pray for the Wicked is a multi-layered journey and celebration of Urie’s hard work.