Panic! at the Disco was originally a pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. They recorded their first demos while they were in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released their debut studio album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005). Popularized by the second single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the album was certified triple platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.
The band’s second album, Pretty. Odd. (2008), was influenced by 1960s rock bands the Beatles, the Zombies, and the Beach Boys, and was preceded by the single “Nine in the Afternoon”. That album marked a significant departure from the sound of the band’s debut. Ross and Walker, who favored the band’s new direction, departed because Urie and Smith wanted to make further changes to the band’s style. Ross and Walker subsequently formed a new band, the Young Veins, leaving Urie and Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! at the Disco.
In 2015, Smith officially left the band after not performing live with the band since his departure in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Weekes reverted to being a touring member once again, resulting in Panic! transitioning to a solo project presented by Urie. In April 2015, “Hallelujah” was released as the first single from Panic! at the Disco’s fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor (2016). In December 2017, Weekes officially announced his departure from the band. In March 2018, Panic! at the Disco released “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, the lead single from its sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked (2018), which was released in June. Here are all of Panic! at the Disco albums ranked.
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6. Pray for the Wicked (2018)
“What is there to say that hasn’t been said? PFTW is Panic!’s weakest album by far, worse than Death of a Bachelor which in my opinion was already shaky. The album sounds nothing like what Panic! would produce and be proud of. The production is absolutely over-polished and (nearly) every single song is super upbeat whether or not the lyrics match. The songs aren’t memorable, and those that are are the flagship singles and the closer. Too many rushed songs too, good god. Overall it just doesn’t sound like Panic! and its success is probably primarily just because the silence from Panic!’s music was over. There were good songs, but the bad outweighs the good. I hope Brendon Urie and Nicole Row get that their band is low key dying.”
5. Pretty. Odd. (2008)
“The sophomore effort from this much criticized and hated band comes as somewhat of a shocker. I’m not even sure what to think of it. Is it a tribute to the Fab Four or just a blatant rip-off? Strangely enough, I found “Pretty. Odd.” mildly enjoyable, although the lead singer’s vocals are as annoying as ever. In any case, it’s a welcome change from the mundane cookie-cutter pseudo-emo pop of their debut record. Let’s say, they’ve intrigued me, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with in the future.”
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4. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013)
“This record really lies in an in-between space for Panic! At the Disco. It’s mature, but that also leads to it becoming uninteresting. It’s relaxed, but that leads to it losing momentum. It’s imspired, but that leads to it feeling derivative.
It’s really a record that depends on personal taste. If you love the cluttered mess that it is Death of a Bachelor, you’ll most likely think this record is boring. If you love Vices and Virtues, you’ll most likely think this is lazy. If you love their debut record, well, you’re probably still waiting for the sequel. And if you love Pretty Odd, well, you should actually just go listen to Pet Sounds or Abbey Road because both are better records to be honest.”
3. Vices & Virtues (2011)
“Nothing that stands out lyrically, but the musical diversity is enough of a reason to listen to this at least once. And considering the remaining members of P!ATD had hardly written any songs before this album, it’s better to judge this is more of an introduction to their new songwriting skills still being developed. That being said, it’s an alright record. I’d say the same thing for this one as I said for Pretty. Odd. Nothing special unless you make it special.”
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2. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)
“The pop punk portion is familiar. You’ve heard it before and it’s the sound you think of when you hear the genre, still good enough to stand on its own. But the cabaret portions are what really tie it all in and give it just enough to stand out – and it somehow works. Aside from the music itself, I will admit the lyrics are a little edgy. However they do have at least some vision, and each song has a story. No matter what Panic said, of course they were trying to appeal to a fanbase. Besides, isn’t that every new band’s dream – to get famous?”
1. Death of a Bachelor (2016)
“This is probably my favorite P!ATD album. They stayed true to their roots, or original albums, only adding a bit more electronic hints here and there. The choruses are so catchy, and will never seem to get old to me. I’ve been a big fan for years, so this album isn’t surprising with how it sounds. Sounds like pretty typical P!ATD, which I really like. These songs also seem easy to cover, which is good for those who want to sing or improve on singing. Social Repose has made some good covers of some songs off of here.”