Pretty. Odd.

Music review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
Pretty. Odd. Music Poster Image
Pompous, but more pleasant than first album.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 31 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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
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.

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byheybrittany June 14, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicaddict4444 April 29, 2010

Great for anyone.

Seriously, who the heck writes the main reviews? Whoever it is is probably still listening to classical music, because they obviously have something against P!... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 19, 2009

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate