Monday, 23 July 2018

Panic! At The Disco: Pray For The Wicked - Album Review

Panic! At The Disco Pray For The Wicked Album Review Vinyl

Often recognised as the eccentric band led by front-man Brendan Urie, Panic! At The Disco is a true creation for the population of emos, scenesters and punks alike. With a track record consisting of a constant cycle of changing members, P!ATD has now been whittled right down to a solo career for Urie. Despite the hardships faced, perseverance and commitment has prevailed, with Brendan incorporating his Broadway musical experience into his sixth album release, Pray For The Wicked. Possessing a theatrical imprint consistent throughout, it's clear that the change of direction for Urie's career in 2017 has heavily influenced his song-writing perspective.

Key Information:

Artist: Panic! At The Disco
Album: Pray For The Wicked
Release Date: 22/06/18
Genre: Pop punk/Alternative Rock
Similar Artists: Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, We The Kings
Recommended Tracks: (Fuck A) Silver Lining, Dying In LA, High Hopes

Opener (Fuck A) Silver Lining is possibly one of the most ambitious tracks on this upbeat album. Linking bass with brass, the unique instrumental fusion is manipulated to dispose a 70's party perception. Promoting somewhat excessively confident, slightly cocky lyrics, it appears to be telling the story of personal success. Exclaiming common phrases such as 'cherries on top' and 'silver lining' simply should be a goal to exceed, Urie narrates his vision for success with tenacity and certainty.

After the ambiguous positivity of track one, Say Amen (Saturday Night) delves into Urie's religious upbringing. Defying childhood traditions, the song bears a strong dichotomy between religion and sin, claiming to 'pray for the wicked', whilst accepting his own outlaw mentality. This message swiftly flows into track three, Hey Look Ma, I Made It. Packed with tongue-in-cheek expressions, it shoots down his parent's worry of him becoming a defeated artist with an insufficient income. Proving his self-worth, this synthy beat is quick to demonstrate competence.

Similarly to Hey Look Ma, I Made It, High Hopes is easily the most motivational track on the album. However rather than gloating accomplishments, the lyrics discuss the importance of self-belief on the climb to success. Upon the song's release, Urie confirmed that his inspiration came from the realisation that he always set expectations too low. The key to victory was to continue failing in order to grow. Significantly galvanized by the recent stint in broadway musicals, the track utilises punchy horns and a quick drumbeat for a carnivalesque charm.

Unlike the general theme of aspirations and fame present throughout the album, One Of The Drunks takes a different path. Reflecting on the concept of the ever-glorified idea of binge culture, it debates the unhealthy nature of excessive partying. Affirming the notion that celebrating overindulgence of drugs and alcohol is somewhat fruitless, it teams consequences with a jazzy, dance beat for a catchy, stand-out composition. Kindred to the previous, Old Fashioned also focuses on alcohol consumption amongst the youth. Reminiscing on his teenage years, Urie ensured that the track contains an eclectic mix of trumpets, guitars and a spectrum of other brass instruments to generate a diapason that adds to the sense of nostalgia. 

Dying In LA is the final track on this feel-good LP and features a completely contrasting vibe to the other songs. Channelling a slower beat with moving lyrics, this emotional somber melody produced by a harmonic blend of pianos and strings approaches the concept of failing dreams in a different light. A perfect opportunity to boast his vast vocal range, Urie explores pitches with ease. Ranging from top of the scale, descending to the depths of his voice effortlessly, each component of this symphony unites to create a magical yet dark ending to this motivational album.

Don't forget to order your physical copy here or check it out over on Spotify.


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