Monday, March 16, 2009

Pretty. Odd. - Panic at the Disco

Pretty. Odd. Cover

Panic at the Disco band members (left to right): Brendon Urie - Vocals/Rhythym Guitar/Keyboards, Ryan Ross - Lead Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals, Johnathan Walker - Bass Guitar/Vocals, Spencer Smith - Drums/Percussion

Genre: Rock/Big Beat/Techno

Track Listing:

1. We're So Starving

2. Nine In the Afternoon

3. She's a Handsome Woman

4. Do You Know What I'm Seeing?

5. That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)

6. I Have Friends In Holy Spaces

7. Northern Downpour

8. When The Day Met The Night

9. Pas de Cheval

10. The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know

11. Behind The Sea

12. Folkin' Around

13. She Had The World

14. From a Mountain In The Middle of the Cabbins

15. Mad as Rabbits

Band History/Record Info:

Pretty. Odd. is the second studio album by the band Panic at the Disco, released on the record label Fueled by Ramen. The first single from the album is "Nine in the Afternoon". The second single released as a digital single was "Mad as Rabbits" (released as a digital single on iTunes), although this was not really a radio single, a video was made (clips of the filming of "That Green Gentleman" were used). The third single is "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)". The fourth single is "Northern Downpour."
This album is different from their debut album,
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, as many songs have the titles as lyrics. In A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, the majority of the titles of songs were from books and movies. The album also features songs where Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross both contribute the lead vocal roles. It is heavily influenced by the music of The Beatles.
It has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and spent 18 weeks on the U.S.
Billboard 200. The album is a departure from the sound on their previous album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.

My Review:

When I first bought this album the day it came out, I was in Chicago. When I looked at the cover and had recently watched the 30 second clip showing part of their newest video at that time "Nine In the Afternoon", I knew that this album was going to be somewhat different to their previous "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out", but it proved me wrong, it was WAY different from their previous album. Just by listening to the first track "We're So Starving", I knew Panic! was no longer being based off of a techno sound, it was now more based of a very heavy Beatles influence. It startled me really, to go from a big dance/techno sound to more of an acoustic old sounding rock. Don't get me wrong, the album is definetly amazing and worth listening to, but it definetly tells you that the guys in Panic! are becoming more themselves and reaching down to the main influences that really makes their taste in music, well, their taste in music. In this record they changed their style, and music, but it still shows that they are still Panic! I personally thought the album was just as amazing as the first, it was a great comeback, but I can understand how fans of the band were disappointed since it was a huge genre change from going from techno to beatles in just a few years. My favorite thing about this album is that more band members are featured performing other instruments and also other band members taking the lead vocals from Urie and taking the lead. Ryan Ross himself takes the lead vocal away from Brendon Urie in the song "Behind The Sea". Also many members pitched in lyrics instead of just a few. My favorite song on the album is "Do You Know What I'm Seeing?". It definetly has a melody that you can just float along to and the lyrics definetly make you think, and you realize that this song can definetly relate to you in ways that you never really thought. This is what I mostly like about this band personally, the lyrics make you think in ways that most songs don't. Also that this band features a lot of instruments that many bands don't, which makes their sound unique and unlike the rest. All I gotta say is, you have to check out this band just to realize how different and interesting they are, especially by comparing their two albums together, it'll really suprise you that they are the same band.

Keep Rocking.



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