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Pretty Odd
Panic At The Disco – Pretty Odd
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 14:29
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What?!? No more exclamation mark in the band name?!? One can only wonder how many guys of the marketing department over at Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic they had milling over that one. Another option was scratching the entire band name and keeping only the !. In the end it was decided this would cause too much confusion with the already existing !!!. And even though the ridiculous exclamation mark will be severely missed, we can all keep on breathing because the rest of the band’s ridiculousness remains intact on the band’s follow-up to their breakthrough album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. This time they do shy away from their cabaretesque emopoppunk and end up sounding more grown up. Probably hoping this will appeal to older kids so they can finally invite someone backstage after the show without ending up facing the same charges as R. Kelly. To achieve this they tried to make “Pretty Odd” their very own “Sgt. Pepper” and while they do manage to write a couple of good songs with great melodies, one could easily wonder why we would listen to these boys’ interpretations when we can listen to the original. And to make matters even worse Panic At The Disco slide back to the sound that made 14-year-old emo girls experience their first orgasm towards the end of the album.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.