Disappointed. What can I say. The youthful exuberance is gone. The energy is gone. The Dance element is gone. Everything that made Panic! At The Disco unique is gone.
I should have gotten the hint when a Press review said "Forget everything you know about PATD." Then I was confused, didnt' their name have an ! in it before?
I don't blame the band, (hence the 5 star rating and I haven't even gotten to the music yet), I blame the Producer. I have seen this before; that what made the band special stripped away, sanitized by the Producer's vision (agenda) for the band (Remember the Simpson's Poochie episode, "We need to Rastify it 25(?)% ..").
A band has every right to do what they desire with their sound and take on a new direction. However, it is a betrayal of the fans to take such a 180 degree turn from the sound that raised them to near Rock Star status in such a short amount of time. This should have been their 5th album, not their second.
In reading the other reviews, I see that I am not alone. This band created such a special place in each of their fans hearts that no one dare be very harsh, but the disappointment is palpable. I too, am a fan, but not the fan I was before Pretty. Odd. came out.
The album is not bad, just not exciting or engaging. It reminds me of a Monkeys cover album or "A Very Brady.." rock album. It is clear that they were striving to emulate a 60's retro sound (think the Beatles quirkiness as you can sense from the other reviews). However, given that it was PATD, I would expect the most quirkiness of all time, lathered in clever lyrics, which it is not.
To be honest, had I known that this album sounded like a Beatles knock-off (among others), I simply would not have bought it, because we already have the Beatles. I buy PATD because I like (the old) P!ATD, I like Dance music, I like the poppy punk element and I like their clever lyrics. THAT IS ALL GONE, DADDY GONE, THE LOVE IS ALL GONE!
I hope that the band listens to their fans, and listens to their hearts and decides which direction that they want to go. Who knows, maybe I will buy another P!ATD album again, but for now, I'm already selling Pretty. Odd.