Panic! at the Disco’s 2018 release, Pray for the Wicked, starts with a bang from the first track and doesn’t disappoint. The album is full of singles destined to be chart toppers. Wicked somehow manages to go leaps and bounds above their first album 13 years ago, 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. And they do that without losing the nostalgic underdog champion feel of their roots. All that makes this album perfect for new and old fans alike.
Brendon Urie’s Soaring Vocal Shine
Brendon Urie shows his musical prowess more strongly in this album than ever before. They bring notes of Sinatra and the Rat Pack with tracks like Roaring ’20s, together with tracks that would do Billy Joel proud like Dying in L.A. And they remembered their Daft Punk fans with One of the Drunks. They filled the whole album with the ever-uplifting, yet dark aura they laced throughout Panic! at the Disco’s music for the past 13 years.
Urie’s soaring vocals across the entire album can make a fan of anyone, regardless of what genre of music they prefer. The album draws the listener in and holds them in awe. Once you play the first track, Silver Lining, you’re guaranteed to be captivated until the story ends with Dying in LA. This album leaves you to pull your emotions back together while you question why you felt happy and sad at the same time.
Will They Go the Cinematic Route?
The interesting part will be whether Urie decides to go the cinematic route with this album like he did with Death of a Bachelor. That would help their audience see his vision for the album even more than his exquisite storytelling has already shown his fans.
It is always exciting to see how Panic! at the Disco is going to get bigger and better whenever they release a new album. And, Pray for the Wicked is not an exception. In fact, the album has raised expectations for the tour and their next album.
One thing is for certain when Panic! at the Disco prays for the wicked, they make it a religious experience.