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Prettyodd Review

The first thing real fans of Panic At The Disco ask when they see the cover of the bands newest album, Pretty.Odd. is “Where is the Exclaimation Point?” Somewhere between their debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, and their sophmore album, Pretty. Odd. they lost their acclaimed Exclaimation Point after Panic (Panic! At The Disco) When asked, the lead singer, Brendon Urie, said that the new album name had enough puncutaion as it was. After all, three is a crowd. But the lack of exclaimation isnt the only things fans are noticing when it comes to Pretty. Odd. Pretty.Odd. has a very different sound. It is happier and lighter. It also has a wider range of music genres mixed in. From Beatle-like “Behind The Sea”, to country in “Folkin’ around”, listeners can even find a romantic love song in “When The Day Met The night”. Another trademark of the band that has been overall deleted is their unusually long titles (Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off, and London Beckoned Songs about Money Written By Machines), which were traded for shorter names (Nine in the Afternoon, that Green gentlemen). In the first CD you could catch the essence of their hometown (Las Vegas) in some of the songs (The chorus of the song “But its better if you do” happens to be “Where’s the love in a lapdance?”) but in this CD you get an essence of- Brendon, Ryan, Spencer, and Jon. Las time Ryan Ross, the guitarist, wrote all thirteen of the songs. However, this time, Ryan still wrote the majority, but only 13 of the 15 songs. “The Piano knows something I dont Know” and “Folkin’ around” were written by lead singer Brendon Urie. And it only seems fitting that if Brendon is to do part of Ryan’s job, then Ryan should do the same to Brendon. In many of the songs, Ryan now sings solo sections, and “Mad as Rabbits” is a duet between the two gifted singers. Their exclaimation for the sudden change in music is that they have matured musically. Overall, it is just as good if not better than the first, and the band outside of the music is just happier. They have traded their (in some cases extreme) eyeliner to cowboy boots and scarves. When most bands make this kind of transition, something is lost, however it feels as if you are meeting a brand new part of them, added to A fever you cant sweat out. This CD is equal if not better than the first, and you can expect more fantastic music to come from this fantastic band. But now you must choose- Panic! or Panic?