Yes, Panic at the Disco
come off as prancing dandies, with all that guyliner and circus shit. But they also write some catchy tunes, despite burdening them with Oklahoma-sized titles like “There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet” and “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage.”
Panic’s 2005 debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
, sounded a bit like Fall Out Boy’s baby brother – little surprise since the group was signed to Fall Out Boy’s label and pretty much mentored by Boy’s Pete Wentz. But on the new Pretty. Odd
, Panic (now without that misplaced exclamation point) dig through their parents’ record collections and come out sounding like Magical Mystery Tour
-era Beatles ...
And those grand ambitions serve them well. “Nine in the Afternoon” is one of the year’s best singles, and the rest of Pretty. Odd
has its charms. Strings, horns, and a summer-of-love vibe soak the grooves – which oughta take on a whole different form onstage, where the four Panic guys (plus a keyboard player) take on the lush soundscapes all by themselves. --Michael Gallucci
Panic at the Disco performs as part of the Honda Civic Tour, which comes to the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater (351 Canal Road) at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16. Tickets are $30, available by calling 216-241-5555. For a preview, listen to “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” below.