Pray for the Wicked

Pray for the Wicked

by Panic! At the Disco

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Overview

Brendon Urie is the star of his own ongoing, over the top, show-stopping broadway production. At least, that's essentially been the overarching conceptual tone of his band Panic! At the Disco since at least 2011's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! -- and that tone definitely informs his sixth studio album, 2018's Pray for the Wicked. It's a conceptual notion that also made 2016's surprisingly affecting Frank Sinatra-goes-emo-crooner masterpiece Death of a Bachelor such an unexpected joy. In many ways, Pray for the Wicked feels like a companion album to its predecessor, informed as much by '90s R&B and hip-hop as it is Urie's love of driving, hooky pop
ock. Produced once again by Jake Sinclair, it's a bombastically overstuffed production, full of pounding marching-band beats, tidal-wave synths, horns that punch at bright angles, and a DJ's penchant for twisting and reconfiguring arrangements with Thanos-like disregard for human physics. Throughout it all, Urie paints himself with Michelangelo-esque strokes as a flamboyant cross between James Cagney, Biggie Smalls, and Beyoncé, singing "I'm a moon-walker, I'm like M.J. up in the clouds" on "Dancing's Not a Crime." He also has the same obsessions: religious iconography, the lure of Los Angeles, and the constant struggle between social concern and personal interest. As he sings on the anthemic "Say Amen (Saturday Night)," "And if I try to change my life one more day, there would be nobody else to save/And I can't change into a person I don't wanna be, so/Oh, it's Saturday night." The rest of the album pulses with an equal level of throw-your-hands-in-the-air energy, as Urie soars through the arrangements, his voice as highly resonant and stage-ready as ever. Admittedly, his embrace of slick pop aesthetics, Rat Pack swagger, and cheeky turns of phrase can be a bit much on first listen. But that being said, when it's backed with a strong hook and just a modicum of earnest emotion, as on the sanguine club jam "Hey Look Ma, I Made It," it's hard to deny.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2018
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678657153
catalogNumber: 567960
Rank: 88

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Panic! At the Disco   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Nathan Abshire   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Maynard Ferguson   Composer
Lyn Collins   Composer
Johnny Funches   Composer
Marvin Junior   Composer
Gary Lindsay   Composer
Fred Wesley   Composer
Mike Viola   Composer
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Tom Peyton   Composer
Brendon Urie   Composer
Jenny Owen Youngs   Composer
Andrew Greene   Composer
Jonas Jeberg   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
Daniel Foder   Composer
Brian Profilio   Composer
Jared Tankel   Composer
Steph Jones   Composer
Morgan Kibby   Composer
Alex Kresovich   Composer
Lauren Pritchard   Composer
Jake Sinclair   Composer
Michael Angelakos   Composer
Ilsey Juber   Composer
Chill Pill   Composer
John Hill   Composer
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Composer
Dillon Francis   Composer
Suzy Shinn   Composer
Michael Deller   Composer
John Newman   Composer
William Lobban-Bean   Composer
Christopher Bernard Allen   Composer
Alex Goodwin   Composer
Scott Chesak   Composer
Taylor Parks   Composer
Benjamin Freedlander   Composer
Imad-Roy El-Amine   Composer
Eric Tobias Wincorn   Composer
Kenneth Harris   Composer

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