Pretty. Odd.

Common Sense Media says

Pompous, but more pleasant than first album.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

So much of the lyrics are nonsensical unrelated phrases it's hard to discern any message at all. There is, however, an overall sheen of self-importance throughout, and especially in lines such as: "you remind me of a few of my famous friends" and "we're all too smart to talk to God." A tendency for occasionally sexist lines such as "I don't love you/I'm just passing the time."

Violence

One reference to "Little deaths in musical beds."

Sex

Surprisingly little, and nothing overt -- although one song is titled "Folkin' Around."

Language

Repeated use of "damn" and "hell" in "Do You See What I'm Seeing."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Compares a woman to the smoke off of a cigarette, plus a single reference to "drug farm entrepreneur." Several mentions of wine, toasting, and drinking in one song.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know this second album from Panic at the Disco is a lot less intense than their first effort and has significantly less drama, violent imagery, or sexual references. While it's just as theatrically ambitious and self-important as their debut, there's nothing that offensive except for its sheer length (after the 10th track -- there are 15 total -- the album quickly grows a bit tiresome).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Like most things from Vegas, Panic at the Disco is larger than life. At least they seem to think they are. Everything this band touches has a carnival-like atmosphere and a sense of pompous overindulgence. PRETTY.ODD. opens with a brief ditty that apologizes for how long it's taken to complete the album and reassures fans that they're still the same band as before. Thankfully, they aren't entirely as they were and seem to have matured -- at least a little.

Is it any good?

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Musically, this album actually rises above their debut effort. Not only is it less intense overall, but there are fewer violent and sexist lyrics. The lyrics, in fact, frequently make very little sense, though they do occasionally stumble on a pretty phrase or two. And though it dances around many genres, you'll find Pretty.Odd. to be consistently easy on the ears and full of several strong singles. Sure, the album is big, broad, and frequently bombastic, but underneath the pomp, circumstance, and strings, you'll find some catchy and welcome bits.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Panic at the Disco dropped the exclamation point in their name. Was it a coincidence that the publicity stunt came right before an album release? Families can also discuss the various ways bands try to differentiate themselves from other bands and how that helps or hurts their careers. Are there certain things you do to stand out from -- or blend in with -- friends and peers?

Music details

Artist:Panic at the Disco
Release date:March 25, 2008
Label:Decaydance
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bygoth67 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Kid, 11 years old Written bysharlynarly December 19, 2009
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Great band!

Doesn't make sense? I think Common Sense doesn't make sense! It's their style! And it's not sexist, it's just a song, really, get over it. This is perfect for tweens and preteens, maybe a little of the occasional "dam-" but that's about it.

What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byiheartgreen17@a... July 25, 2009
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Good, but not as good as the first.

I love this cd! It's not as good as the first one, but its panic at the disco, so you can't go wrong. I love the line "you remind me of a few of my famous friends". You call it self- importance, but it's all tongue-in-cheek. I highly doubt they were being serious when they wrote that. I think it's a wonderful album.

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