If you had asked me in 2005 if bands like Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy would still be making music in 2018, I probably would have said “no”. That’s no offense to either band, it just felt like both bands were going to have their fun for a few years before slowly fading away. What might be the craziest thing is that both bands are actually making better music now than they were then.
Amazingly with Brendan Urie‘s insane schedule that included a 10-week stint on Broadway as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots, Panic! At The Disco‘s only regular member has actually been more prolific in recent years than his old stablemates at Fueled By Ramen, Fall Out Boy. After the debut of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, each release has only gotten better. Some may say that Pretty. Odd was a bit of a sophomore slump, but in all reality, it was a pretty fantastic experimental release for what was a young band at the time. Since then, I keep expecting a disappointment, but instead, I end up surprised.
Pray For The Wicked is another genius mixture of Urie’s unique brand of emo and dance rock. The album starts fast with “(Fuck A) Silver Lining” and keeps up the pace with gems like “Say Amen (Saturday Night), “Roaring 20’s”, and “Dancing Is Not A Crime”. Urie’s voice is at an all-time best throughout the whole thing and you can even hear the bits and pieces of Broadway that have snuck their way into his creative process. As always the music keeps you moving the whole way, so it’s only fair that the final track “Dying In LA” brings the tempo down and lets everyone catch their breath.
After six albums, Panic! At The Disco is just as enjoyable as they were nearly a decade and a half ago. Pray For The Wicked is brilliant and I have no qualms saying that it may be one of my favorite albums released this year so far.
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Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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