Pray for the Wicked Image
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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for Brendon Urie was written after his stint in Broadway's Kinky Boots and was produced by Jake Sinclair.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    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, as on the sanguine club jam "Hey Look Ma, I Made It," it's hard to deny.
  2. 80
    Pray For The Wicked is as sinfully good as anything Panic! have done before.
  3. 80
    The album was written immediately after Brendon’s recent stint in the Broadway musical ‘Kinky Boots’, and while it’s fair to say he’s always had a flair for theatrics, the experience has injected these tracks with unprecedented levels of sass and drama. 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.
  4. Jun 22, 2018
    60
    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.
  5. Kerrang!
    Jun 27, 2018
    60
    It feels harsh to criticise a Panic! At The Disco record for being bold and exploring its brash nature to the fullest. ... But there's no getting around the fact this one feels like it could have done with a defter touch and some sonic restraint. [30 Jun 2018, p.53]
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    60
    Granted, his sixth effort is as bonkers and creative as ever, but it could be that less really is more.
  7. Jun 26, 2018
    50
    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. Certainly not enough to justify diminishing returns for a long running act, definitely not enough to keep me coming back for anything but the first few beats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    The Album´s beats are sickening, It makes it so easy, fun and entertainment to listen, It sound so jazzy, and mainstream at the same time,The Album´s beats are sickening, It makes it so easy, fun and entertainment to listen, It sound so jazzy, and mainstream at the same time, The vocals are insane, without any doubt this album is one of their best works of the band Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2018
    10
    This album is absolute genius! From the brassy horns to the sweet strings, and Brendon Urie's magnificent voice that was clearly displayed,This album is absolute genius! From the brassy horns to the sweet strings, and Brendon Urie's magnificent voice that was clearly displayed, the album performs so highly on so many levels. From jazzy hits like "The Overpass" to a somber, beautiful piano printed track, "Dying in LA", the album is consistent, and will guarantee you to have your head bobbing, and body dancing. It is honestly so awesome to hear how far Brendon has come as an artist over the years, and how he has improved so much vocally. Like he stated in the 2005 hit from their debut album, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" he swore to shake it up, and we swore to listen. I can't wait to hear more material from the band, and how their musical evolution will continue to impress not just me, but so many others. Expand
  3. Jun 22, 2018
    10
    Pray For The Wicked is the perfect successor for the exhilarant, superb and grandiloquent Death of a Bachelor (and like its predecessor, itPray For The Wicked is the perfect successor for the exhilarant, superb and grandiloquent Death of a Bachelor (and like its predecessor, it shares the same adjectives). More danceable, with funk, Broadway and groovy influences, if you are ready to continue the awesome ride of brass sections mixed with Brendon majestic voice, then this is the album for you. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2018
    8
    Sinceramente creo que Brendon se esforzó muchísimo en hacer este nuevo álbum (que es dedicado exclusivamente para los fans). Este nuevo álbumSinceramente creo que Brendon se esforzó muchísimo en hacer este nuevo álbum (que es dedicado exclusivamente para los fans). Este nuevo álbum trae canciones donde ninguna es relleno, y donde explica lo difícil que puede ser triunfar en una ciudad tan grande llamada Los Ángeles. Cada canción es diferente, con diferentes tonos y ritmos. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2018
    7
    This album is ok. It's not as good compared to the other p!atd albums they've put out, because of bad wordplay and somewhat generic popThis album is ok. It's not as good compared to the other p!atd albums they've put out, because of bad wordplay and somewhat generic pop elements. The songs are catchy and the brass is a very nice addition, but I think Brendon could have used a bit more creativity. There are some exceptions, however, such as Roaring 20s and Dying In LA. Other than that, the album is only okay, not great. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    6
    El álbum en sí no es malo, sólo que para mí abusa de los arreglos de voz en algunas canciones y no alcanzo a distinguir instrumentos como laEl álbum en sí no es malo, sólo que para mí abusa de los arreglos de voz en algunas canciones y no alcanzo a distinguir instrumentos como la guitarra, que sólo noté en Old Fashioned. Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    0
    What was Brendon thinking...
    One of the worst releases by the band and definitely by far the worst album musically speaking for them.

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