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Pretty. Odd.

Pretty. Odd.

March 25, 2008
4.1 out of 5 stars 290 customer reviews

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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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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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Definitely has a different sound from their first album, but then again, Panic! is known to not stick to one specific sound in their albums. It's one of the reasons why they are so great; there's always something new in each project of theirs. Pretty. Odd. has a very calm and laid-back sound. I heard that they went to the mountains and recorded this album, which would be very fitting to the setting. It makes sense that this album would be laid-back and fun-sounding.
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This is probably my favorite all around album from Panic!at the Disco. I like their other's as well, but I think this is the only one that I love all the songs' in.

If your looking for a truly alternative rock, with some folk mixed in for good measure, definitely give this album a try.
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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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