Pretty.Odd.

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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 40 out of 178

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  1. Steve
    Mar 28, 2008
    6
    Have you ever heard of the Beatles? Panic at the Disco acts like they just heard them for the first time and now they want to do anything to be just like them. The songs on the album are good, I won't lie. But they are not Panic songs.
  2. JonathanS.
    Mar 26, 2008
    6
    Well this CD was completely devoid of energy...And no, they're not the "new" Beatles. First of all, no one will ever be the "new" Beatles, and secondly, Panic tries far too hard to imitate the stylings of the Beatles, and it just comes off as a lack of creativity-- rather than take the influences and combine it with their own style while still remaining the same band. However, I Well this CD was completely devoid of energy...And no, they're not the "new" Beatles. First of all, no one will ever be the "new" Beatles, and secondly, Panic tries far too hard to imitate the stylings of the Beatles, and it just comes off as a lack of creativity-- rather than take the influences and combine it with their own style while still remaining the same band. However, I really, really did love "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out", despite the fact that most of the pathetic band-wagon "emo" bands nowadays cling to that album as one of their inspirations. But what made that album so fun and musically enjoyable was the creativity and underdog feel, with the energy blazing through each song. And while I understand that Panic At the Disco can see that so many poseur bands are just jumping the pop-punk-wish-I-were-emo train for the fans, and want to set up their own niche that will keep them from growing stale (ala My Chemical Romance)-- but when you're one of the kings of the genre, it's for a reason: you're good at what you do. They shouldn't have worried about being cooped into a sub-group with generic artists just looking for a buck, since they have the talent to stay fresh-- and they're one of the bands that MAKE the other bands look generic. So with all that said, I really wish Panic had stayed to their original style. Rather, they've opted for an infusion of pop-rock with mild 60s stylings (a trend a lot of bands are adopting nowadays-- which, ironically, means they're trying to jump the bandwagon before it forms; doing the EXACT thing they want to avoid). The wishful 60s throwbacks are evident much too easily, especially in the choice of guitar chords chosen, and the fact that the opening song even included mixed strings from "Abbey Road". And, it seems, with the loss of the exclamation mark from the band name, the symbolic energy an exclamation mark implies was also lost in the process. The songs are not nearly as bombastic, lack most the the endearing theatricality and wacky musical stylings/lyrics of the first album, generally follow the same vocal pattern of the sing-songy up-down rhythm-- and, not to mention, Urie sings in an octave up most of the time from the voice he usually sang in which makes it sound more forgettable; unfortunate, since his pleasant low voice was fun to listen to, and he now reverts to too much vibrotto in his singing now. The circus theatricality-- which stemmed from the pattern of a low vocal intro, with bombasts of intruments and a greatly varied pitch throughout the song-- has been lost with the more general vocal melody, and the effects and instruments are underused, spent trying to moderately imitate the style of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club". My last complaint is that the album all seems too thought out and processed-- it's pretty obvious that "Northern Downpour" is likely to be their next single, and is meant to be the song all the fans love. This sort of calculation takes more genuity out of the album, which it had already lost in transition to a different style. So, undoubtedly, all the "OMG" fans are going to think, well, "omg" about this album, but Panic's serious musical fans (generally the ones out of middle school and not brainwashed by fake emo bands and Hot Topic, let's put it nicely) are going to enjoy this effort far less than "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out", though it still has enjoyable enough songs. Expand
  3. AkashR.
    Apr 29, 2008
    5
    Hey! What happened to the dancy disco beats? Yes! It's true that fans that anticipated an album like "A Fever To Sweat Out" will turn Pretty Odd with "Pretty.Odd" Was expecting that hip disco beat not granddad or grandma songs!
  4. ShawnA.
    Mar 28, 2008
    4
    Um...excuse me but I would like the time I wasted clicking stop on iTunes back please. Maybe next time they can dig up John and George's corpses and force Paul and Ringo to sodomize them because THAT would be the only better way to defile the Beatles.
  5. Cheryl
    Mar 31, 2008
    4
    I think it died when the "!" died. I loved the first album, and I was so excited to buy the new one. I popped in the new cd with excitement....and then I waited... and waited....and waited. It just didn't happen for me.....the energy was gone. Reviews are saying that the band wanted to be more original... how is this original? Why would you try something completely different when you I think it died when the "!" died. I loved the first album, and I was so excited to buy the new one. I popped in the new cd with excitement....and then I waited... and waited....and waited. It just didn't happen for me.....the energy was gone. Reviews are saying that the band wanted to be more original... how is this original? Why would you try something completely different when you were so successful with your first album?? Didn't they think that the fans may not buy into this "new" style... it's not what sold us the first time. I must say pure disappointment. Expand
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. More often than not (and this is the kicker, ladies and gentlemen), Pretty. Odd. is just pretty dull.
  2. Even when it's over the top, which is basically always, Pretty. Odd. sounds cheerful, with a broad sense of humor that does honor to the noble legacy of ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne.
  3. 80
    Pretty.Odd lives up to its title because it dares to be optimistically beautiful at a time when sadness and ugliness might have won them easier credibility. [Apr 2008, p.92]