Panic! At The Disco releases new album “Pray for the Wicked”

Panic! At The Discos latest album, Pray for the Wicked

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Panic! At The Disco’s latest album, “Pray for the Wicked”

One week ago, Panic! at the Disco released the third song from their newest album Pray for the Wicked. The full album, which is going to have eleven tracks, will be fully released on June 22, 2018. The album has so far been steeped in mystery and mystique. People on Panic! at the Disco’s email list have received vague and cultish emails and an Instagram Live video of Brendon Urie (the lead singer) brushing his teeth for two minutes alluded to a still unreleased song.

The first two songs from the album to be released were “Silver Lining”and “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and the newest song to be released is titled “High Hopes.” All of the songs so far are most reminiscent musically of Panic!’s smooth but upbeat previous album, Death of a Bachelor. Some as of now unreleased songs from the album include “Roaring 20s,” “King of the Clouds” and “Old Fashioned.” Some of these titles, along with the first three tracks, have led people to assume that the album will be Sinatra-esque.

Though the first song on the album, “Silver Lining,” is extremely repetitive lyrically, it has a dynamic use of instruments and begins the album by showcasing Urie’s voice. However, the instruments and the vocals are still a fill in for the lack of complex lyrics, which is often the case with this type of pop. It carries the feeling of reaching for the stars and wanting the best, as a silver lining is usually taken to mean a small bit of positivity but Urie sings that “only gold is hot enough.” The song also has a couple clever nods to mythology and pop culture and is extremely catchy, even if it runs the risk of being a little vapid.

The second song released, “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” goes even further into showcasing Urie’s vocal prowess, which has been showcased more and more often in the past couple albums. He has a beautiful falsetto and an impressive range, going from an F#2 to hitting a B5 at the climax of “Say Amen,” a range of around 3 octaves. Additionally, the religious symbolism and lyrics strike a similar tone to some Panic! classics, such as “Hallelujah” and “This is Gospel.” Urie, who was raised Mormon, frequently puts the dichotomy he feels between his beliefs and his upbringing into his music, which makes already upbeat songs extremely meaningful. The music video has all of the melodrama expected of Brendon Urie and tells a compelling story while not distracting greatly from the lyrics.

The newest song is titled “High Hopes” and is extremely upbeat while having a slightly orchestral instrumental track, once more adding to the religious theme of the album. The song, unlike many of the genre, does not boast about how far Urie has come but instead tells of the journey. Urie sings that he “never had a dime but he always had a vision,” making it a relatable pop song while still being personal to Urie’s journey as an artist. Urie’s has Tweeted that his inspiration for the song was his realization that as an artist he has to “to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing.”

Brendon Urie told Billboard that Pray for the Wicked is [his] ‘thank you’ to [his] fans and the most fun [he has] ever had making album.” Though only three songs are out so far, the meaningful lyrics, upbeat music, and beautiful vocals have left many fans excited for the rest of Pray for the Wicked.