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PANIC AT THE DISCO PRETTY ODD

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The title gives it away instantly- Pretty.Odd. (don't forget the periods) is not exactly the album that affirmed admirers of Panic At The Disco will have expected. The quartet, then teenagers, hit big in 2005 when A Fever You Can't Sweat Out rode its hit single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and its striking video to huge sales, defining their niche bridging emo and theatrical art-rock. Three years later Panic (they've ditched the exclamation mark) return with an expansive album that shamelessly, and very skilfully, takes inspiration directly from the Beatles' bigger budget productions and the baroque classic rock that came in their wake. They must use every instrument in the orchestral palette. But this is hardly a trip to "guilty pleasures" territory, four minute pop tunes polished almost to sterility. Even the catchy, imposing opener "We're So Starving", where they protest "we're still the same band", is playful rather than predictable. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" offers so many styles it defies categorisation, the darkly comic sixties pastiche "When the Day Met the Night" could wear the vague "sunshine pop" label comfortably and the likes of "Pas De Cheval" and nicely wistful first single "Nine in the Afternoon" stick in the head after a single hearing. Also the token acoustic strumalong is called "Folkin' Around". Whether their fanbase actively craved such a diverse display of ambition is moot, but Pretty.Odd. is an impressive and deservedly popular collection. For once it seems that the public agree with those critics who so often describe lovingly crafted, low-selling tributes to genres past as perfect pop. --Steve Jelbert

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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • ASIN: B00132D808
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Space Bass on February 1, 2010
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If you're reading this, chances are you're not one of this band's fans, but are likely a, shall we say, "more mature" music fan acting on a recommendation or a hunch. My quick tip is that if you like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, ELO, and other '60s and '70s-era orchestrated rock/pop music, you owe it to yourself to get this CD. It might take you a few listens to thank me, but I think you will. I think this is an important album in its own way, a brilliant album, inspired and beautiful. It's become one of my favorite albums.

Let's just say I'm waay outside this band's demographic--I'm 47, a rock musician for 30 years, and I tend to listen to "musician's music." I look for serious musicianship and songwriting, and I usually ignore emo and other teen styles. I can't stand Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Jet or Fall Out Boy. I bought this for my 13-year-old daughter for Christmas after hearing "Nine In the Afternoon" coming out of her room many times, and thinking it sounded pretty cool. I've still never heard their first CD, though I like the single. But since giving Pretty.Odd. a spin to see what the fuss was about, I must admit I am totally blown back by this album. It does walk a fine line between homage and copy-cat, but I guess it doesn't matter to me--I love it. I've been recommending it to all my musician buddies, and they're all loving it too. It's got all the sonic elements of a George Martin-produced mid-late period Beatles album, but with modern recording techniques and equipment. There have been so many "next Beatles" tags thrown out there by the media that I stopped paying attention years ago. All those promises faded into forgettable obscurity. But I think this one might stand the test of time--though unfortunately the band broke up not long after releasing it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 19, 2008
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I loved Panic at the disco's debut album, the million selling "A fever you can't sweat out" and was really thrilled when I finally got its follow up. "Pretty. Odd." is quite different from its more energetic electronic/Punk predecessor, featuring sunny harmonies, loads of horns and a retro sound reminiscent in parts of The Beach Boys or the Beatles. The band stated that they wanted a classic rock sound and that's what it sure sounds like.

The mood for the most part is mellow. Lead-off single "Nine in the afternoon" is a bouncy horn sprinkled song with sunny harmonies and quirky time changes. "Do you know what I'm seeing" is an upbeat string-swathed song with accordion flourishes. "I have friends in holy spaces" is a Lo-Fi jazzy acoustic piece with lots of horns. "When the day met the night" has a sunny surf sound, peppered with horns and tinkling pianos.

"Pas de cheval" has a galloping feel with nice harmonies and fleeting horns. Melancholic and Beatles-esque is the ballad "Behind the sea" with a slight marching drum beat, and an upbeat sing-along coda. "Folkin' around" is a fiddle filled country song, while "She had the world" is a melodic acoustic/violin festooned ballad with sixties sounding vocals/harmonies. I love it! Similar but with a slightly faster tempo is "From a mountain in the middle of the cabins".

"Mad as rabbits" is a sunny upbeat pop rocker, but my favourite song is "That green gentleman (Things have changed)". This is a bouncy song with a catchy chorus, retro sounding guitars, ELO-style harmonies and lyrics that reference the album title.

Most of the song titles are apparently lines appearing in the songs themselves. The album has a slight oddball pop feel similar to the sound of say The Smiths, and it did take a bit to grow on me but you know what, it's Pretty.Good.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on May 8, 2008
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While those who loved Panic at the Disco's debut may hate PRETTY. ODD., I think that PRETTY. ODD. is ten times the album their debut was. With the exception of a couple of strong tracks ("I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and "Lying Is the Most Fun..." namely), I wasn't a Panic (formerly Panic!) fan in the least. Sure, I love their videos, but the band just seemed a bit over the top to me. Evidently, the boys of Panic at the Disco got the same notion about themselves, canning their original follow-up to their debut with this "pretty. odd." sophomore album. Sure, it is a bit schizophrenic in composition, but somehow, this novelty album ultimately works perfectly. If anything, it did propel the Panic boys to a chart position they'd never seen before, #2 with a bow of 139,000, not bad for an album that never new what six-digits was until it was eventually certified platinum. While the chances of PRETTY. ODD. going platinum seem convoluted by its initial slow, lackadaisical sales, it could go gold. But then, we are in a time where NOTHING is selling.

"Nine in the Afternoon", the first true selection from PRETTY. ODD. is an excellent choice for first single. It is short and sweet, and the production if phenomenal. Brendon Urie's vocals seem to be much more mature on PRETTY. ODD. than on their first outing, which is a plus. Following "Nine in the Afternoon", a series of strong, standout and varied tracks follow including "She's a Handsome Woman", the slightly manic and cabaret "Do You Know What I'm Seeing" in which Brendon Urie sings the catchiest lyrics of the whole album ("I know it's sad, but I never gave a damn about the weather and it never gave a damn about me" ), and the irresistible "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)".
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You don't have to worry cause we're still the same band..my Arse
Hey stupid... the point of the title "9 in the afternoon" is to create a sense of surrealism by referencing a nonexistent time of the day.... but your perspective is too narrow to realize that.
Apr 17, 2008 by Robin Cicalese |  See all 16 posts
Amazing
Their new album is amazing. I love how they have changed their sound, but i love how they still have the strange lyrics that Ryan comes up with. I can't wait until the cd comes out on tuesday and I can't wait to see what they do live in concert with their show
Mar 23, 2008 by AdelaideLA |  See all 5 posts
Its not Bad, its just not their Last Album
I agree. This album is very good. Panic! fans that were looking for more of the same from the last album are just frustrated that the band went a different direction. This is original music and very enjoyable. Good job Panic!
Mar 21, 2008 by zstarry9581 |  See all 4 posts
EMO CLOWNS BASHING A GOOD ALBUM, DONT LISTEN TO THEM
This forum is full of people bashing Panic. I guess the majority of users here came to the forum to display their discontent with the sound of the album. Hopefully people listen to the CD and not just read posts of angry fans while they decide whether or not to make the purchase.
Mar 28, 2008 by T. Stopforth |  See all 3 posts
C'mon, have you even listened to the songs??
Con a friend into buying it and when they hate it, they'll give it to you. Then you won't have to waste your own money on it and you'll still be able to give it a listen.. And after listening to it you'll regret that you did. You don't have to be a fan or a hater or Panic! to recognize that... Read More
Apr 21, 2008 by S. Hill |  See all 2 posts
AFYCSO and Pretty. Odd. are both awesome. Be the first to reply
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