Panic! At The Disco’s Pray For The Wicked: Track-by-track review

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“One of the Drunks”

If “Dancing’s Not a Crime” is a little less complex because it skews more positive, “One of the Drunks” is what happens when Panic! goes the other way and focuses more on the negative. The title gives it away, doesn’t it?

Because of that, it’s probably going to end up as one of the less-iconic tracks on the album; it’s paired well with the track that comes before it, but everything else is so good that it’s hard to see this becoming a favorite.

“The Overpass”

The spoken part at the end of “One of the Drunks” refers to picking up a sax, and that’s where “The Overpass” comes in. It’s got a jazzy, driving beat (though it slows down in the bridge, finally letting the song get “sentimental” as promised in the first verse). Like “Roaring 20s,” this will be one of your favorite songs off this album if Fever remains one of your favorite albums ever.

Hey, it’s been 13 years, and I still jam out to it. It’s totally possible.

“King of the Clouds”

There’s something lulling about “King of the Clouds,” from Urie’s almost monotone, chanted lyrics in the verses and pre-chorus strongly contrasting with the choruses. It’s absolutely a top track on this album — and not just because we’ve had a little longer to appreciate it, as it’s been out for a few days.

Coming right after “The Overpass,” it feels like a much-needed break, and it leads right into “Old Fashioned” in terms of the drifting feel.

“Old Fashioned”

You know what an old-fashioned is? It’s a method of making a drink (usually bourbon or whiskey).

And Brendon Urie knows it, too.

“Old Fashioned” is a tribute to youth, trying to recapture it one last time, and it even sounds like it in terms of the musical accompaniment, which kind of sounds like late ’90s and early ’00s pop in the verses and then captures the wistfulness in the choruses.

Also, props for telling us to “always tip your bartenders” and bringing bourbon back into the album, as it appears in “Roaring 20s” as well.

“Dying in LA”

Panic! at the Disco usually ends albums with a slow song these days; Pray for the Wicked is no exception with “Dying in LA,” which is mostly just Urie and a piano (with some string accompaniment). His voice hiccups, slides to high notes, and sings about “the power of LA.” It’s another call back to Death of a Bachelor, which has “LA Devotee” among its tracks. Normally, the ballad-style songs at the end of Panic’s albums are okay to skip — but this one strikes a strong chord.

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What’s your favorite song off of Pray for the Wicked?