Album Reviews

Review: Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked

Coming off the mass success of Death Of A Bachelor in 2016, Brendon Urie has been able to flip the unique sound of Panic! At The Disco once again coming into Pray For The Wicked.

Starting with the first track on the album ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’, it blasts the new era straight into the forefront. Following that is the debut single for the album, ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’. It is eclectic and is arguably the best display of Urie’s vocal capability. ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’ is a true highlight of Urie being able to reflect on how far he has come since 2004, despite line-up changes. It’s very real and a different approach to a Panic! song, talking of the battles in the industry that he has faced.

This album was written shortly after the Kinky Boots run that Urie starred in last year as Charlie Price, and this reflects in the style of the album; with ‘Dancing’s Not A Crime’ having such a unique beat, and what is sure to be an all-time favourite Panic! lyric for many – “don’t be throwing shade”.

Whilst some songs are quite similar throughout the album, final song ‘Dying In LA’ is by far the standout of the album. The use of the piano allows for Urie to shine through and reflect on the years of his success and almost use it as a swan song as such to his career thus far.

Panic! At The Disco are showing not a single sign of slowing down anytime soon with this album release, especially with the upcoming US headline tour and the co-headline slot with Kendrick Lamar at Reading & Leeds Festival this August in the UK. With most song titles incorporated into the lyrics, it allows for them to be catchy and become infectious in the brain.

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