Panic At The Disco
I am pretty sure that if you are a fan of Panic at the Disco’s debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, you might not enjoy their second album, Pretty. Odd., all that much. It is drastically different, which is good for the band seeing as how they are all musicians and songwriters who want to grow and try new things. But for fans who have known them since they entered the music scene a few years back, this new album is a complete 180 and I personally just do not like it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the first two tracks on the record – We’re So Starving and Nine In The Afternoon. But honestly, I completely lose interest after those two songs. I have to force myself not to switch albums on my iPod when I finish listening to the two introductory tracks.
On the other hand, if you have not heard their first album, you will most likely really enjoy Pretty. Odd. If you are a Beatles fan however, you will either hate Panic’s new record or love it. Die hard Beatles fans will most likely scoff at the fact that Panic at the Disco attempted to emulate the legendary British foursome on their second album. Besides the obvious songwriting influence the Beatles had over primary songwriter, Ryan Ross, Pretty. Odd. was even mixed at Abbey Road Studios in London for crying out loud! Panic must have had a rather large budget to pull that off. Not every band can say their second album was mixed at Abbey Road. That just doesn’t happen. Most bands don’t even make it to their second album. Especially if they are like Panic, who formed the band and wrote the songs for their first record while still in high school.
Gone are the technologically-advanced and electronically-enhanced standard Panic at the Disco songs. Gone are the way too long song titles. Gone are the days when only lead singer Brendan Urie sang lead vocals.
Now we have acoustic country/folk tracks like Folkin’ Around, which I may add, makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD when I hear the intro because it makes me immediately think of the Dixie Chicks. Understand though – I LOVE the Dixie Chicks. HUGE fan of those women who rock out like no other. But I do NOT want to listen to the girls when I listen to Panic. If I wanted to hear the Dixie Chicks, I would listen to them – not Panic at the Disco. What is up with THAT?!
Then there is She Had The World – the following track after Folkin’ Around. Let me tell you something: I was classically trained on the piano and voice from the age of 5 to 20. Once I was free from private piano and voice lessons and could play and sing whatever I pleased, I got into every type of music BUT classical. So when I discovered Panic at the Disco a couple of years ago, I was SO PSYCHED to hear a totally different type of music than what I was raised listening to with my parents and their tastes in jazz, blues, oldies, folk, etc. I appreciate all musical genres, but those ones are not my passion. FYI, I cannot go one single day without listening to blink-182. That should tell you something about my taste in music. So again, when I hear the intro to She Had The World, I again LOL because I feel like I am listening to some Bach concerto from the Baroque period. And here we have a similar scenario as before – if I wanted to listen to Bach, I would listen to Bach…and NOT Panic at the Disco.
Ryan Ross sings lead vocals on various tracks this time around. Not a good idea. I do not even know what to say. There is nothing to say. Bad idea.
Listen to Pretty. Odd. and decide for yourself. Love it or Hate it???