Panic! At The Disco - Pretty. Odd | RECORD STORE DAY

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For the follow-up to 2005's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, Panic at the Disco holed up in a Las Vegas studio with renowned producer Rob Mathes. What they created is nothing short of a masterpiece, the 60's pop-inspired Pretty. Odd. This time around, the band opted for real instruments over Pro Tools, citing influences as The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.


So the first thing you need to know about the second Panic at the Disco album is that they traded one superfluous piece of punctuation (the exclamation point between "Panic" and "and") for two possibly meaningful pieces of punctuation (those periods in the title). To quote Blink-182, well, I guess this is growing up. To avoid ever quoting Blink-182 again, let's get into the nitty-gritty of Pretty. The willfully effete Las Vegas quartet have evidently ditched principal influence Fall Out Boy in favor of the Beatles ("Nine in the Afternoon"). That would have to qualify as an enormous plus. Vocalist Brendon Urie darts between themes of love, lust and loss while guitarist Ryan Ross and friends craft operatic cabaret pieces. Except this time there's far more maturity and restraint in the accompaniment, as well as deeper artistic breadth. Nothing to panic about here'"these Sin City kids should be around for awhile.