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Pretty. Odd.
     

Pretty. Odd.

4.4 55
by Panic! At the Disco
 

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Tempting as it may be, don't read the dropping of the exclamation point from Panic at the Disco's name as a sign that the emo quartet is in a rush to be taken seriously. Don't even take their blatant aping of Sgt. Pepper's on Pretty. Odd as indication that Panic at the Disco wants to be taken seriously. There doesn't seem to be a serious bone within the

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Tempting as it may be, don't read the dropping of the exclamation point from Panic at the Disco's name as a sign that the emo quartet is in a rush to be taken seriously. Don't even take their blatant aping of Sgt. Pepper's on Pretty. Odd as indication that Panic at the Disco wants to be taken seriously. There doesn't seem to be a serious bone within the bodies of any of the four members, but the wondrous thing about Pretty. Odd is that it's impossible to discern what silliness is intentional and what is accidental, the product of a band discovering the Beatles long after their 2005 debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out turned into a hit. There's a startling naïveté to PATD's sudden immersion in symphonic psychedelic pop; the band is either too young or dumb to not realize that they're putting together familiar elements wrong, or that they shouldn't be attempting the baroque ballads and vaudeville shuffles that pepper this album...but they're smart enough to send-up the opening of Pepper's, twisting the Beatles' declaration that they were now Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band around, claiming that they're they same band they always were. Of course this is a bald-faced lie, as the only clear remnants from PATD's debut are the overly complicated song titles and fussy lyrics, but few will complain as the group retain their theatrical ridiculousness while unveiling a newfound panache for pop, all derived from their desire to pattern themselves after the Beatles. Panic at the Disco are hardly the first modern rock band to slavishly follow the example of their peers -- My Chemical Romance copied every one of Queen's exaggerated moves for The Black Parade, while the Killers treated Sam's Town as if it was a Springsteen coloring book -- but PATD's clueless, audacious thievery of the Beatles pays back far greater dividends, partially because stealing from the Fab Four guarantees an emphasis on melody over style, but also because PATD shows far more humor than MCR or the Killers. That humor -- and it's possible to laugh at and laugh along with the band in equal measure here -- makes Pretty. Odd a giddy absurdity, as Panic at the Disco is determined to have it both ways: to make grand, pompous music while retaining their identity as pranksters. The album is so out of control, it's hard to tell whether the group planned Pretty. Odd to be a kaleidoscopic mess, or if occurred by happenstance, but that raggedness will appeal to the teens who loved A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, but this bafflingly blurred Brit-pop could hook in older listeners, too, either through its genuine tunefulness or through pop junkies who will marvel at how "Folkin' Around" comes startlingly close to re-creating the sound of the Byrds circa Sweetheart of the Rodeo, or how "Do You Know What I'm Seeing" is equal parts Morrissey parody and homage. It all adds up to a pretty and odd record and it erases no suspicions that the band aren't quite sure of what they're doing, but the glorious thing about Pretty. Odd is that the album works in spite of this...or perhaps because of it. Either way, this is a deliriously jumbled, left-field delight.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Pretty. Odd. is a brave change and a wildly elaborate project....Nearly every song is packed with vocal harmonies and orchestral flourishes, and Panic at the Disco has obviously studied the Beatles' melodies as carefully as their arrangements.
Entertainment Weekly
...A dense, largely enjoyable layer cake of ideas and instrumentation that might actually alienate its teenage fans.
Newsday
Panic at the Disco has taken a quantum leap forward in terms of ambition and execution.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Fueled By Ramen
UPC:
0075678995088
catalogNumber:
430524
Rank:
3267

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Panic! At the Disco   Primary Artist
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Rob Mathes   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Sandra Park   Concert Master
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Lale   Viola
Tony Pleeth   Cello
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo Trumpet
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Michael Davis   Trombone
Brendon Urie   Group Member
David Andrew Mann   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ryan Ross   Group Member
Spencer Smith   Group Member
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Jon Walker   Group Member
Rick Romick   Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Rob Mathes   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Sandra Park   String Contractor
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Claudius Mittendorfer   Engineer
Alex Kirzhner   Art Direction,Illustrations
Ilene Budin   Packaging Manager
Tanapan "Bang" Puangpakdee   Illustrations
Brendon Urie   Composer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Panic! At the Disco   Composer
Ryan Ross   Composer
Spencer Smith   Composer
Jon Walker   Composer
Damon Chesse   Prop Design
Connie Makita   Illustrations
Hearth Rob Mathes   Producer

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Pretty. Odd. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Abbylicious More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much I love this album. It's got a pop-punk feel, a folk feel, a vibe that's very Beatles-esque (thanks to ex-member Ryan Ross), a 40's jazz feel, everything you could possibly want. This album is my heart and soul, the soundtrack to my life, my reason to exist and I'm not kidding you. There aren't enough good things to say about this album and that's the honest truth. Sure, I have my favorites (I Have Friends in Holy Spaces, Northern Downpour, Folkin' Around), but every single song is unique, incredibly well-written and thought-out and it gives the album a sort of edge that no other album that I've heard has. If you're into creative music, this is the album for you. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to Panic! At The Disco's music since back in the AFYCSW days, and it was nice to have a calmer, more acoustic, less electronic, sound coming out of this band. Not to mention that the lyrics in each of these songs are very complex, and, well, beautiful. I truely believe that Ryan Ross is a lyrical genius, and Brendon Urie is an extremely talented vocalist, with a great range. Ryan's strength in writing lyrics really came out in this album, and he felt safe creating such strong lyrics because he knew that they would be carried out by a very strong, confident, voice. This album is supposed to make the listener feel care-free and light, and it truely does follow what it was meant to do, although when I listen to this album I can't help but feel a little sad, and depressed, as it reminds me that this band that created lovely, and extremely artistic, music is no longer together. Aside from my feelings, this album is amazing, and if you enjoy creative lyrics, acoustic guitars, light percussion, and an occasional orchestral flavor, you'll absolutely love this album.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing some of Patd's new songs, some people are greatly depressed. I on the other hand, think that if Ryan [Ross] had continued on with writing songs such as Camisado, Nails for Breakfast Tacks for snacks, etc. the band would have a low variety of music. People got turned onto the band because of their difference in music styles- they continued with this, yet people are still disapointed. Unless you are only into music that's on the radio,MTV,etc. you'd realize that a band can't stay the same forever. Yes,they still have some dance-pop to them,but no the lyrics aren't as droned out and saddening. Live with it. Music styles change with the musicians that compose and play them. Broaden your taste of music and maybe you would like Pretty.Odd. more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is very different, but in the best possible way. It's more timeless and complex. Both the guitarist and lead singer have been taking lessons, and it really shows. The lyrics range from light and simple to beautiful and deep. It's a nice variation. If you are expecting another A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, you will be disappointed. The difference between Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy has been revealed: Panic hasn't written the same CD twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i cant wait to get this cd!!!their last cd was AWESOME and i cant wait 4 this one!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have ben a fan of panic at the disco for about the first time i herd them so keep on keeping on panic
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Pretty Odd" is an incredible and slightly whimsical album. It is heavily influenced by the Beatles and other classic rock acts. Panic is really showing how much they've evolved musically. I adored how melodically driven it is, and the fact that it's not just Brendon singing. If you were hoping for something similar to "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" this is not the CD for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I first song I heard from panic was I write sins not tragedies. It took a bit but the song grew on me and I bout that album. I have been pumped to hear stuff about Pretty Odd since I knew it was coming out. A Fever you can't sweat out is stronger. but pretty Odd strays from the Fall Out Boy sound that Panic AFYCSO was said to sound like. creating a unique but weird sound this album is good. expect it sorta sounds the same through out the album. its still worth a buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I understand that most of you don't think that Panic has improved with their new style. However, they are trying out a new style, and that is not a crime. There is no need for crude remarks about the new CD. I get the point that you are simply stating your opinion, but there is no need to review it that strongly. Panic will get through this new style, just the way they made their way to the top with "A Fever..."
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the band's detractors must not really know what they are talking about musically. This record is so much better than their last attempt at songwriting, and their musicianship has grown tremendously. I would be more worried and less enthusiastic about this band if they had stayed the same. I wouldn't go as far as to say this is a record for the ages, but it does come pretty close. Recommended songs: "Folkin' Around", "Northern Downpour", and "Mad As Rabbits".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd. i'm not really into emo bands, but this band has changed their style. These songs are upbeat and criminally ignored. Need i say more?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't yet heard this cd, but I have heard "Nine in the Afternoon", and thought it was great. Yeah, there is a piano and some string arrangements. Maybe more than one person is singing. What's wrong with that? One reviewer wrote a review that listed bands that are really vociferous, with drums and cymbals crashing and plenty of screaming. So what if they've "stayed true to their form"? PATD wasn't exactly "at all" like them anyway. Maybe PATD didn't want to stay in the current place that they were in musically. And it definately isn't country. I have heard country, and believe me, this isn't it. But if you don't like the cd, don't listen to it. It's that simple. Since I haven't heard the whole cd yet, I'll give it three stars, but I'm sure that if I heard it, I would give it more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a rather picky audiophile. While my taste is pretty widespread, I pick specific songs I like rather than committing to an artist or album (and so usually have one or two songs from a given album... with the exception of the Beatles). I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE SONGS. There wasn't a single track I could find a problem with and so I bought the tangible copy and downloaded every one (doesn't happen that often). I don't really know Panic's previous songs, and have heard that this is a new sound, so I don't know what to tell past fans. But I love this stuff and have been meaning to listen to the old stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the CD, I didn't hate it, but Fever was still better, in my opinion. However, after listening to the CD multiple times now, I can firmly say that I love Pretty. Odd. just as much, if not more. The whole theme of the CD is still very much PATD, even if some of the style is a but more grown up, in a way. My suggestion to all the haters: Listen with an open mind, and more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I ever heard Panic do was "This Is Halloween" from the 2nd sountrack release of Nightmare Before Christmas. I loved that and I am blown away by this album, uh, CD. It may not be what people expected, but change is good..even if it's only for this one CD. For someone who grew up with Sgt. Pepper and A Night at the Opera and Fragile and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, this is pure fun and great for listening. And this is an album that you actually have to sit down and LISTEN to. A new concept for a lot of you, I'm sure. Even if PATD doesn't do another CD like this, I'm glad they did it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, they changed their sound, but it isn't as drastic of a change as many of their younger fans are so quick to point out. Sure, it's no longer the dance-pop sound of their first record, but there's a lot from AFYCSO that's carried into this record. So many of their fans "or perhaps now former fans" are young and haven't developed a diverse taste in what all types of music offer, but that isn't a good reason to write off this record completely. Even though it seems folky "almost on the border of what many of their younger fans are calling country", they really just took a lot of inspiration from groups from the 1960s and 1970s "The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, etc." and mixed it with the experimentation that they are known for "if they can be know for anything with only one record out". There are beautiful string and horn arrangments, they've been very open about some of the more obscure "at least in rock music" instruments they use, like the harmonica, ukelele, harpsichord, flugelhorn, and mandolin. I think it would be a great thing if their younger fans would listen to this with open ears and really hear the musicallity that the guys put into recording this record. I was hoping that their fans' musical taste would have grown with the band's, but, alas, it seems to have not... Although that make going to their shows easier if I'm not getting shoved around by 12 year olds. I love what I've heard, and I'm sure I'm going to still love it several years down the road. If Panic had put this out several decades ago, the fans then would have eaten it up. I'm just sad that so many fans now are so closed-minded about music that's so clearly influenced by some of the best bands in the world.
Panic_at-the_North-Pole More than 1 year ago
This Album is amazing beyond belief~! It provides a musical montage of country, pop, rock, and alternative into all of the songs~ The Music is very upbeat and lively, putting a smile on your face as soon as you start singing along~ Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Jon Walker, and Spencer Smith create a wonderful new world with this pretty odd album~
I recommend buying the deluxe edition to get tons of bonus features including the making of Pretty.Odd. and Nine in the Afternoon, A puzzle, A vinyl, and the CD.
5 stars no Doubt!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
DON'T BEAT DOWN ON THEM! This is an amzing CD at worst! The songs are catchy and fun, but also can be read in a deeper meaning. Yes, they are trying a new look and sound, but it still really good. Listen to the first song, it really explains it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd from a great band. Ryan Ross is a big hit with Behind The Sea, and Brendon Urie's Folking arond and I Have Friends in Holy Spaces add a refreshing new sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutley love this CD! The lyrics are wonderful and the music is very different than anything else I have listened to. I love &quot That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)&quot the best! I can't wait until they come out with another CD. I love this band and all of their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Panic fan &amp I have to say that I think this album will be a bit of a slap in the face for the fans because when you hear a band's debut album, you kind of grow accustomed to that sound &amp that style. But that's why you've got to admire the sophomore album. It's different, but it's good. The highlights are the popular hits Nine in the Afternoon &amp That Green Gentleman, along with my favorites: Northern Downpour, Behind the Sea, and She Had the World. While A Fever You Can't Sweat Out will always be that special album for me, Pretty. Odd. is worth the listen for those of us who aren't afraid of experimenting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a hard core panic fan,they're amazing. when i heard that this cd was going to be totally different from the first one i was almost afriad to listen to it, but i did and it just made me love them more.northern downpour and that green gentleman are forever on repeat in my head(not that im complaining)the lyrics actually mean something unlike the crappy pop junk playing on the radio these days and they'rejust amazing