Pray For The Wicked

Panic! at the Disco - Pray For The Wicked
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #586 / 719
User Score
Based on 290 ratings
2018 Ratings: #792
June 22, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled By Ramen / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

Pray For The Wicked it feels as if they’ve finally managed to channel that frenetic, slightly chaotic attitude into a studio album that is at once eclectic and coherent.

80
NME

Urie is clearly still relishing the role of the sonic bachelor, and it shows. On ‘Pray…’, it sounds like he’s having a total blast.

80
Dork

‘Pray for the Wicked’ takes the kid-in-a-sweet-shop feel of ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and ratchets it up to eleven.

80
AllMusic

Admittedly, his embrace of slick pop aesthetics, Rat Pack swagger, and cheeky turns of phrase can be a bit much on first listen. But that being said, when it's backed with a strong hook and just a modicum of earnest emotion ... it's hard to deny.

67
A.V. Club
Urie’s recent theatrical past adds even more drama to his musical output, as the new thirtysomething pontificates on the trappings of fame and the excesses of youth, laced with religious imagery and advice from his mom.
60
DIY

Granted, his sixth effort is as bonkers and creative as ever, but it could be that less really is more.

60
The Guardian

Urie undoubtedly knows how to put on an entertaining show, but this is a production that lacks the kind of intelligibility and depth necessary for real emotional engagement.

50
The 405

Between horns, strings, synths, guitars and all the rest this record is definitely an attack on the senses and shows Urie's knack for constructing a radio-friendly hit, but delve below the surface and it doesn't have much to offer.

50
PopMatters

Pray for the Wicked is undeniably a modern pop record, but the lights of Broadway linger in these 11 brief songs.

itsyahboinoah
49
Hey mama, look I made a mediocre album.
frienderman
64
Life’s too short for us to pretend like pop rock doesn’t slap.
morningsbell
30
The funniest thing about this album is that it's so overproduced, decorated with unnecessarily many layers of sound, yet its production quality sounds awful. Whoever mixed this album did a poor job bringing out Brendan's vocal, which actually has quite some potentials in delivery but is dragged down by the over-the-top bursts of choruses on this album.

The lyrics on this album are hilariously god-awful. Sounds like Brendan is trying to sound all sinister and cinematic yet fails miserably at ... read more
Plats
51
Brendon Urie’s voice is still very powerful and the album has a good sense of melody. But it’s also hammered down by some stale hooks, overblown production and disappointingly poor lyrics. Which makes “Pray for the Wicked” his weakest album yet.

Fav Tracks: (Fuck A) Silver Lining, The Overpass, High Hopes, King of the Clouds, Say Amen (Saturday Night)

Least Fav Tracks: One of the Drunks, Roaring 20s, Old Fashoned

Score:
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TheRootBoy
42
It's at least not so synthetic as Fall Out Boy's MANIA. Still bad though.
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Track List

  1. (Fuck a) Silver Lining
  2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
  3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
  4. High Hopes
  5. Roaring 20s
  6. Dancing's Not a Crime
  7. One of the Drunks
  8. The Overpass
  9. King of the Clouds
  10. Old Fashioned
  11. Dying in LA
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