I missed that whole Panic! At the Disco wave back in the day, they just felt too similar to so many other acts out there at the time. But to see them still kicking around and putting out music has been a bit of a surprise. Now, I could be wrong but their current iteration of music feels far less emo than I remember them being. Everything on Pray For The Wicked is bright, upbeat, and bouncy; it’s almost entirely made up of anthems. At times it can definitely be a bit obnoxious, but, it admittedly has a certain ear worm quality that you can’t help but bop to. But that’s about it because beneath the bright, brash surface full of blaring horns and sharp strings there’s not much to it all. Radio-friendly pop that’s good for a listen or two but won’t keep me coming back for more or get me excited for anything new from them in the future.
There are some folksy moments on the album but for the most part it all has a heavy funk flavor to it and paired with their smooth synths and soft melodies, it makes for some The Gorillaz's most unassuming and non-threatening music yet.
Thirty Seconds to Mars try their hand at a politically charged record but they ultimately come up well short of saying or adding anything worthwhile to the conversation. It's essentially an album that's full of vapid buzz words/phrases set to painfully generic electro-infused pop rock. It's not a "terrible" album but it's not a particularly compelling one either.
Been trav’lin’ in packs that I can’t carry anymore Been waitin’ for somebody else to carry me There’s nothin’ that’s there for me at my door All the people I know aren’t who they used to be And if I try to change my life one more day There would be nobody else to save
– “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Have you heard Pray For The Wicked? What’d you think about it? Are you still a fan of Panic! At the Disco? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Panic! At the Disco – Pray For The Wicked Reaction
Panic! At the Disco's latest is all radio-friendly pop that's good for a listen or two but won't keep me coming back for more or get me excited for anything new from them in the future.