In the era of Brendon Urie being the sole member of Panic! At the Disco, sometimes it seems like Urie tries to reminisce and redo his past “emo like” sound in a pop format, but I genuinely believe that Pray For The Wicked is the best Panic! At the Disco album since 2011’s Vices & Virtues.
The general vibe of Pray For The Wicked is much different from its predecessor (Death of a Bachelor). This new album is very much a party album in its existence. To sum up the album entirely, it’s best description would be showing you the song “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” and putting it on steroids.
The album’s best tracks are absolute anthems. “Say Amen” is the obvious gem and single here; “High Hopes” and “Hey Look, Ma, I Made It” feature short, soaring choruses, and cement a very jazz-pop sound. “Old Fashioned” sounds like it was recorded in the club and “Dying In LA” closes in ballad-like fashion with one of the best Panic! At the Disco songs in existence. Brendon Urie’s voice is the prettiest I’ve ever heard, and it is the perfect song to close the record.
Most of the songs are short, however. It makes for a quick release. Some of the songs are boring and uneventful and almost sound like filler. BUT, Pray For The Wicked is still a phenomenal release. It features some of Brendon Urie’s best musical work in a long time.