April 10, 2008

Test Spin: Panic at the Disco

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Given the psychedelic sounds and wide range of genres utilized in Panic at the Disco’s new album, it is appropriate that the band chose to call it Pretty. Odd. The pop-punk group, which released the hit album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, in 2005, has decided to create a new image and sound for themselves, and even dropped the signature exclamation point — in the word “Panic!” — from their name.
It seems as though Pretty. Odd. is Panic’s attempt at being the punk rock version of the Beatles. “The Piano Knows Something I Don’t Know” sounds strikingly similar to the Beatles’ “Because.” And if that weren’t enough, the first track, “We’re So Starving,” seems to be based off of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.” While songs like “Nine in the Afternoon” and “That Green Gentleman” deliver a fun, pop sound, others, especially towards the end of the album, try a little too hard to be innovative.
Although this album is no Abbey Road and may not be as pop-infused as their last album, a good portion of the songs are quite enjoyable and definitely worth a listen.