I was debating if I was going to review this one or not, because I actually wanted to do it the day it came out. However, procrastination, and lack of motivation got the better of me. So I've proceeded to listen to bits and parts of it every single day since then, and have thought about doing this constantly. Finally, here I am, reviewing Panic! At The Disco's sixth album, Pray For The Wicked.
When I heard the first two singles, "Saturday Night" and "Fuck A Silver Lining", I'm not going to lie, I was not real impressed. I was honestly thinking there was no way he was going to top Death of A Bachelor, or maybe it was just a fluke that I absolutely loved the Death of a Bachelor album. Every Panic! album has been vastly different from one another, and I actually am not in love with all of it. I appreciate it all, and definitely have songs from every album that I enjoy, but nothing has held my attention quite like Death of A Bachelor did.
None the less, I held my reservations and waited for more. "High Hopes" gave me some hope, pun fully intended. I sincerely adore that song, and maybe its a little stereotypical to say one of the singles is my favorite song but it is. Its catchy and fun sounding, but its also very really. When I first heard it all the way through, my instant thought was "This is the millennial anthem." If you listen to it, you probably will understand what I mean.
"Had to have high, high hopes for a living, shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing. Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high, high hopes. Had to have high, high hopes for a living. Didn't know how but I always had a feeling I was gonna be that one in a million. Always had high, high hopes."
Its literally just adulting told in catchy song form. It gets stuck in your head, and I love that so much.
I also wanted to point out that I feel Brendon Urie's Broadway performance in Kinky Boots really heavily effected the sound for this album. Almost all of it sounds like it could be in a Broadway play and that's not something commonly heard anywhere off stage. So that's something that grew on me fairly quickly actually.
If you asked me what my favorites besides "High Hopes" are, it would probably have to be "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" or "Roaring 20's." "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" is honestly kind of just cute, and catchy because everyone wants to make their mom proud of them. "Roarin 20's" really just stood out to me because its catchy and fun to listen to. Sorry, it didn't go deeper than that for me really.
So yeah, Panic! At The DIsco did it again. They released another very unique album and still totally killed it. If you're interested, you can get the album all over the internet, and probably in stores like FYE, Target, maybe even Walmart. Its Immortal Music approved.
Also if you're interested in keeping up to date with Panic! You can follow them on all their social media and catch them on tour, though I would get your tickets quickly! A lot of the US dates now through August 18 have already sold out, so check to see if your local date is included or not. After that ends, they're flying overseas to perform at Reeding Festival in London, and have dates October through February all over the world. Go check out the Panic! At The Disco official website for further information and get your tickets now!
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