When an album opens with a track titled ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’, it’s probably safe to assume it’s not going to be a shy and retiring ride. Unsurprisingly, then, Panic! At The Disco’s latest - Brendon Urie’s sixth album in all - is anything but. Building on the bombast of last album ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, Brendon seems to have again chucked just about everything’s he got at it.
For the most part, it’s addictively fun - ‘High Hopes’ is a transcending centrepiece, while ‘The Overpass’ is a sleek, percussive bop - but it does, at times, feel a little confused. While his previous effort sought the benefit of balance, ‘Pray For The Wicked’ is packed to the rafters with over the top hits; in isolation, each would undoubtedly become massive pop anthems, but as a record, it’s just a smidge too much.
That’s a sentiment probably best mirrored with the soaring closer ‘Dying In LA’ – a simple but gorgeous track that sees Brendon backed by just a piano and strings – which is not only the album’s stand-out track, but an incredible testament to his talents. Granted, his sixth effort is as bonkers and creative as ever, but it could be that less really is more.
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Brendon Urie is a pure showman, and tonight he unites different ages and genres in one eccentric swoop.
The track is taken from latest album ‘Pray For The Wicked’.
You’ll have to travel to taste it, though.
The band headlined this past weekend’s Reading & Leeds.