Pretty. Odd.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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.

...A dense, largely enjoyable layer cake of ideas and instrumentation that might actually alienate its teenage fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • UPC: 075678969447
  • Catalog Number: 430524

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
Scott Hull Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I cannot tell you how much I love this album. It's got a pop-pun

    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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    the worst emo band on this planet

    this band stinks just seriously stinks panic at the disco = the worst of the worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great sound! Kind of different and folky, but beautiful. Great melodies! Great instrumentals! I love the feel. Every track is good!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another Beatles Album Love it

    If I didn't know this was Panic at the Disco, I would have sworn this was a lost Beatles Album. How original for an artist to use up old styles of music writing to create a Beatles quality album for the 21st Century

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    More than Just Pretty.Odd.

    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~ <BR/>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.<BR/>5 stars no Doubt!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing.

    Personally I think that when Panic! At the Disco dropped their exclamation point, they also dropped any talent they might have had.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Alternative

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best band ever!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ~Wonderful~

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We Didn't Have to Worry

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    afi lover

    i have ben a fan of panic at the disco for about the first time i herd them so keep on keeping on panic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why?

    How is it disappointing to you? It's what they wanted to do. Oh, I'm gonna be upset because it wasn't like the first one. Every album is different, dear. Just live with it. I actually like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty. Odd

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cmon!

    Think about it. They tried make new cool music for us and ok.... they impress some of us. But You don't know how much trouble they must've been through. I heard they recorded a whole cd back in july and the songs were all smushed together. I'm happy they started over. Good for them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    It's definitly a group which you should look into. My favorite song out of all of them is "That Green Gentleman (Things have Changed)"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty. Odd

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OKAY

    very not "panic". very different. one or 2 songs are okay but the rest are very bad. he has a bad voice and the lines dont make sense. i really wouldnt reccomend but give it 2 stars out of 5. :(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We're not starving!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 50-something loves it

    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.

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