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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: 32 out of 51
  2. Negative: 5 out of 51
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    Superar o álbum anterior é essencial! Todas as músicas são boas e têm melodias e refrões marcantes. Destaque para os hinos **** a) SilverSuperar o álbum anterior é essencial! Todas as músicas são boas e têm melodias e refrões marcantes. Destaque para os hinos **** a) Silver Lining”, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”, “Roaring 20s” (precisa ser single), “One of the Drunks”, “Old Fashioned” e “Dying in LA”. AOTY! Quem concorda nasceu. Expand
  2. Jun 22, 2018
    10
    Like, there's no way to Panic make a bad work. Sounds like a Broadway Musical. Dope.
  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 29, 2018
    8
    Sua parte melódica, instrumental, é realmente bem feita, ainda que não agrade o popular. Há algumas canções que você ouviria no dia a dia, masSua parte melódica, instrumental, é realmente bem feita, ainda que não agrade o popular. Há algumas canções que você ouviria no dia a dia, mas grande parte de suas faixas só funcionam dentro do álbum, para que haja um sentido para elas. Não é um defeito, sendo entendido como uma estratégia de marketing para o consumo do disco como um produto sólido.

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  5. Jul 26, 2018
    7
    Great album nothing bad about it but then again nothing amazing about it. Just seems like an average album with a few standouts and sameyGreat album nothing bad about it but then again nothing amazing about it. Just seems like an average album with a few standouts and samey feeling filler tracks. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    5
    Panic! are band that I currently have a somewhat difficult relationship with. I would say that their best album is probably Pretty Odd,Panic! are band that I currently have a somewhat difficult relationship with. I would say that their best album is probably Pretty Odd, because to some extent it lives up to its title, especially considering how much it deviated from Fever. Vices had great instrumentation but kind of poor lyrics. Too Weird To Live and Death of a Bachelor have both been fun, but are lacking that real tangible depth - yet I still find myself coming back to quite a few of the songs off of them. However, after the departure of a high amount of members and resulting in Brendon Urie effectively becoming Panic! at the Disco, a very clear new sound was emerging, seeds of which were sown into Bachelor. I feel this has now cultivated in Pray For The Wicked, Panic!'s sixth album that almost completely abandons Panic!'s roots and essentially makes a Brendon Urie pop album. I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing - pop albums can be good, given it has a heart. However, I just don't feel there's a whole lot of heart to any aspect of Pray For The Wicked.

    To start with the positives, songs are typically catchy. Brendon is always such a performer, and some songs like Say Amen, King of the Clouds, The Overpass and **** A) Silver Lining have a good sense of grandeur without sacrificing heart. However, it's this seeming emphasis on grandeur and bombastic sounding production that is to the album's detriment, likely a result of Brendon's time in Broadway. Though they may sound like they're out of a musical, they might be out of an average musical.

    Some songs made my face actually sort of scrunch up, considering what the hell I was listening to in the context of a band that had built themselves off of punk pop rock and at least instrumentation. 2018's trapscape seeps even into this album, and some of the performances here are semi-questionable.

    Pray For The Wicked is not necessarily bad. It's just painfully average and just lacks any real heart to it. It feels hollow. An album that seems to try to please everyone seems to ultimately please no one.
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  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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