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Pretty. Odd. [Enhanced]

Panic! at the Disco Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen
  • ASIN: B00132D808
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We're So Starving
2. Nine In The Afternoon
3. She's A Handsome Woman
4. Do You Know What I'm Seeing?
5. That Green Gentleman [Things Have Changed]
6. I Have Friends In Holy Spaces
7. Northern Downpour
8. When The Day Met The Night
9. Pas De Cheval
10. The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know
11. Behind The Sea
12. Folkin' Around
13. She Had The World
14. From A Mountain In The Middle Of The Cabins
15. Mad As Rabbits

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The title gives it away instantly- Pretty.Odd. (don't forget the periods) is not exactly the album that affirmed admirers of Panic At The Disco will have expected. The quartet, then teenagers, hit big in 2005 when A Fever You Can't Sweat Out rode its hit single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and its striking video to huge sales, defining their niche bridging emo and theatrical art-rock. Three years later Panic (they've ditched the exclamation mark) return with an expansive album that shamelessly, and very skilfully, takes inspiration directly from the Beatles' bigger budget productions and the baroque classic rock that came in their wake. They must use every instrument in the orchestral palette. But this is hardly a trip to "guilty pleasures" territory, four minute pop tunes polished almost to sterility. Even the catchy, imposing opener "We're So Starving", where they protest "we're still the same band", is playful rather than predictable. "That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)" offers so many styles it defies categorisation, the darkly comic sixties pastiche "When the Day Met the Night" could wear the vague "sunshine pop" label comfortably and the likes of "Pas De Cheval" and nicely wistful first single "Nine in the Afternoon" stick in the head after a single hearing. Also the token acoustic strumalong is called "Folkin' Around". Whether their fanbase actively craved such a diverse display of ambition is moot, but Pretty.Odd. is an impressive and deservedly popular collection. For once it seems that the public agree with those critics who so often describe lovingly crafted, low-selling tributes to genres past as perfect pop. --Steve Jelbert

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Odd but Very Good!! 21 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I loved "A fever you can't sweat out" to a point where I drove everyone mad constantly playing it, my 7yo groans everytime he hears a certain song from the album.
After considering it for a few months I decided to get "Pretty odd", now I knew it was going to be alot different to their debut album but I wasnt sure how different.
More playing & less electonics, great!! The fellas seem alot calmer, less angry in this second outing.
Odd does'nt always have to be a bad thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure talent! 27 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews here on amazon. I love this album. Yes it has a very different sound to "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" but all the ingredients that make them such a great band are still there. The creativity is there, the melodies, the intelligent lyrics, the humour, Brendon's strange but great vocals, and the songs are just as complex and original (although I think they may have been spending a fair amount of time listening to the Beatles, which is no bad thing). There are plenty of horns, strings, harmony vocals, and the songs are fantastic and just like the first album they have a tendency to grow on you as you listen to them again. Great second album from one of the most talented bands around today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well. It's different. 24 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it's a 180-degree turn-around from the first album. But nobody can say that Panic have sold out or gone mainstream. How many bands are releasing classic rock albums right now? This is, in my opinion, even more unique than their debut, which sounded different than what other bands like them we doing at the time (like Fall Out Boy), but not as different as this is. You can't ask a band to write songs that they don't like and don't want to write just so that they can produce an album exactly like their first one. Besides, they couldn't produce another Fever, because it was too unique to be done twice. They knew with this album that they might alienate a lot of their huge fan base. And they decided to do it anyway, because the music is more important to them than being famous. That should be something to be admired for.
Their lyrics have also changed. In my opinion, Ryan Ross is one of the most creative lyricists that has ever lived. Who else could think of the lyrics in Behind the Sea? You can listen to that song and just step into the world that they've created. But they've gone from writing angsty songs about everything to happy songs about nothing. About half of Pretty. Odd. is about whimsical stories that they made up or the weather. But who says that all songs have to be about something? Time to Dance, a favorite from Fever, is about a book.
You aren't going to like this album on the first listen. I've never met anybody who has. But most people didn't like A Fever You Can't Sweat Out on the first listen, either. Give it a chance and you'll start to realize that it's an amazing album. Sure, there will always be fans that only like Fever because this just isn't a genre they enjoy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Emu Than Emo 22 Mar 2008
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
With 2006' 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" Panic at the Disco produced a strong debut of racey, witty, knockabout
rock songs spiced with occasional vaudevillian twists which had me tapping my toes and singing along (....ok, tapping my paws and howling along). With songs like 'The Only Difference Between Marytrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage' and
(deep breath!)'There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey. You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet' it
immediately became apparent that PATD had both chutzpah and musical imagination aplenty.

Two years later and their second offering 'Pretty Odd', The Wolf is sad to report, is a distinctly shabby affair.
It's a Magical Mystery Tour without the magic or the mystery. Bland melodies, lame lyrics, shoddy musicianship, and poorly integrated orchestral arrangements stand in as testament to a lost muse.

The half-decent single 'Nine in the Afternoon' is slim pickings when compared with the car crash atrocities of 'Middle of Summer', 'Northern Downpour', 'Pas De Cheval' and 'Mad as Rabbits' and the Sesame Street banality of 'She Had the World' and 'From a Mountain in the Middle of the Cabins'.

If they have a third album in them I hope that Panic at the Disco can find their way back to the inspiration and energy which propelled their fine first offering.

Somehow, however, I'm doubting it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty....Odd Return For Panic 1 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Well it's been a while for P@td and so much has changed for them over the past few years, selling their massive debut, 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out' and then out of the wordwork comes 'Pretty. Odd.' The new sound which needless to say is VERY odd as panic splinter off defiantly casting the shackles of the emo and showing there love for the sixties....you think im kiddin right? Nope I'm not! This album sounds like something like The Beach Boys and The Beatles which might be a scary concept however dont fret, as this album is scarily very good!

Lyrically its more creative and very imaginative but tends to lack a clear idea of what Ryan trying to say. However this aside musically...in my opinion (this wont suit everyones tastes THAT is a guarantee) it is musically compelling and a very brave return from the quartet.

'We're So Starving' is the first offering as the band proclaims 'You don't have to worry, because we're still the same band'.....(considering, they removed the !, musically and lyrically changed but still know how to make an impact), however that aside its a bold start to the album which leads onto the hit single 'Nine In The Afternoon' which is so damn catchy and bouncy!

'That Green Gentleman' where the album title came from is very addictive and boisterous and catchy as hell, with Brendon and Ryan harmonising too which works well as they both have amazing voices! Other little gems on the album 'She's A Handsome Woman' and 'From A Mountain In The Middle Of The Cabins' are as catchy as hell and will so remind you of the sixties quite easily.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Came quick, couple of scratches but I did order it used so you get what you pay for it was fine
Published 2 months ago by Lucy
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise!
I bought this after buying Vices and Virtues and A Fever You Can't Sweat. It's nothing like those, but none of the PATD albums are alike, even the latest, Too Weird To Live, Too... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Swan
4.0 out of 5 stars * * * *
As a fan of Panic! At The Disco's work, I eagerly purchased Pretty Odd.
There had been word that this is their least best album, but I've enjoyed hearing the variations of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars
Not typically Panic, but a fairly decent album in itself. It isn't what we'd expect from Panic at the Disco but still worth a listen.
Published 14 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars Music.
It was impossible to buy a copy of this in a high street store. Product seems to be excellent. I hear it played over and over from my daughters bedroom..
Published 15 months ago by Priscilla Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not Fever, but it's still awesome
When I first got this album, I admit, I was a tiny bit disappointed. But after a few listens, I'm now obsessed with this album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique sound in the modern era
A very catchy, brave album that mixes older elements from the first album with 60's-esque influences encompassing everything from the Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks and The... Read more
Published on 14 July 2012 by C. Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Odd
A good album, In this ablum the band has decided to cross their style with a style similar to the beatles and country music. This album is worth a listen. :)
Published on 27 July 2011 by Daniel Blackwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Average!
While there are some cracking tunes in this album overall its average compared to their first album. still worth getting as the band themselves are quiet good
Published on 18 April 2011 by ekb
5.0 out of 5 stars Update of previous review
When I bought this album I originally posted a review stating that I wasn't sure about it, but after a few listens I completely changed my mind. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by jlf
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