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!
On June 15, 2018, pop punk icons, State Champs released their third full length album, Living Proof.
Now I'm a little bit late to this game, not gonna lie, but hey, better late than never. State Champs is one of those bands that I need to look into more, yet somehow always forget to. I love what I have heard, despite not hearing a lot of it. I'm working on that, so stay tuned because I definitely will be doing reviews.
They released the first single for it, "Dead And Gone" back in April, and I would tell you what the song is about but chances are, you've probably already heard it, since the song came out like three months ago. Hearing it though, made me curious for more, though the track itself didn't quite stick with me.
I found myself wondering a few things while listening to this album, some of which might be coming from a place of exhaustion. First of all, and this goes for the entire album for the most part - who hurt Derek DiScanio? Second, why are they the love child of I Prevail and All Time Low? I thought of that as I was listening to "Frozen", and I cannot pinpoint why that is. They just sound like the pop version of I Prevail.
As I got deeper into the album, I found myself enjoying it more and more. The singles are by far not the best songs on this album. They're still good songs, don't get me wrong, but they've got so much better. Such as "Lightning", or "Safe Haven", which are both very different albums.
"Lightning" is honestly an adorable song. There's no other way to word that, because that's exactly how it is. I have never heard anyone compare that stereotypical "spark" you feel when you develop feelings for someone to lightning. "Who knew we were lightning? I saw a spark before we heard any song to follow. I think it's time to let my eyes stay open, I'm missing out on the point if they're always closed. Switched focus, now I know this is worth my time. So can you read my mind? It says I'm trying to find a reason to leave it all behind." For some reason, I just love that.
"Safe Haven" is without a doubt my favorite on the album though. Anyone who has ever felt like they've hit a wall or lost in life would love this song. A lot of these people turn to music for comfort, guidance, strength, ect. I feel like songs like this just back up how much music can be there for you in times of need. Its not an inspirational song, but rather one that expresses the feeling of needing a....well, safe haven. Something to turn to where maybe you will find peace. Songs like this can help make you feel like you're not alone and that's something I think we all can appreciate.
This album as a whole tells a story of love, heart break, and then your own personal growth. I still want to know who hurt him, but I'm glad to hear that clearly a better place was built. Each song is its own story, and I don't think I can quite do it justice to explain. I do highly recommend you listen to the album though.
Plus, even if you're not in the market for something deep and meaningful but something with a catchy beat, I think you'd enjoy this album. If its something you're interested in checking out, you can get it wherever music is sold. This includes iTunes, Amazon, in stores, the State Champs official website, or wherever else music may be sold.
You can also catch them on the final Warped tour, which is now in its final week. Warped tour ends August 5 in West Palm Beach, FL, and Immortal Music will be there. Stay tuned for photos, a vlog, and who knows what else. Its all coming soon. Tickets are still available for all the remaining dates as of July 27, so if you're able to go to one of the last eight dates, we highly recommend you do. If you're unable to, and still want to see State Champs, fear not. They're also going to be supporting Blink 182 on a short tour in September. For further information, please head on over to the State Champs official website.
Also while you're at it, please let me know what your favorite song on this album is, and check out their video with YouTuber Michelle Khare!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.