Panic releases second CD

CD reviews: 'Pretty. Odd.'

CD reviews: 'Pretty. Odd.'

April 01, 2008

It's a bit of Victorian-style emo

There are plenty of myths in the world - Bigfoot, the monster under the bed, etc. But for Panic at the Disco, the so-called sophomore slump is the biggest myth of all.

Instead of crashing from their sugar-high premiere album, 2005's "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," the boys from Las Vegas have bloomed into pop-punk masters.

While their first album seemed to be a trip to a 19th-century London circus, "Pretty. Odd." is the rare emo release that's like a stroll through a Victorian garden - bright but not gaudy, happy but also introspective, lovestruck without mush. The only cheesy thing about the CD is the costumes worn by the band members in the lyric booklet, and even those have a garish charm that fits the band's time-traveler style.

Hints of Queen, the Beatles and Elton John can be discerned from the songs, especially the current singles "Nine in the Afternoon" and "Mad as Rabbits." Another worthy few listens are the cheery, Old-West-slash-rock "Pas De Cheval" and the haunting, melodic "Do You Know What I'm Seeing?"


I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoyed the first CD and to any Beatles fan, any alternative-music lover or anyone who just likes the singer's face and wonders if there's more to him than that.

Believe me. There is.

- Eva Niessner, Pulse correspondent

Beatles-esque and chillingly beautiful

If you own a television or listen to radio, I know you've heard Panic at the Disco's new single "Nine in the Afternoon" from their second album, "Pretty. Odd." If you like that song, you're going to love the 14 other tracks.

The new songs have lyrics that will send chills down your spine, and when you hear the beats you won't be able to stop your foot from tapping.

"Pretty. Odd." sounds nothing like their debut album. Panic has stopped the paragraph-long song titles, but still have silly ones such as "Sushi in a Tuxedo in the Clams Casino" and "Snooze me, Ms. Britches."

Don't let the song titles fool you. "Pretty. Odd." was influenced by the Beatles, and when I listen to it, I can't help but think about them. Panic's new album is a mixture of fantastic, diverse songs with catchy hooks with rhythms that make you move.

If you like good music you won't be dissapointed. "Pretty. Odd." takes my breath away. I really love this album.

- Bri Green, Pulse correspondent

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