#Review: Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked ūüôŹ


   

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Panic! At The Disco¬†is an American band notable for its combination of alternative rock, synth-pop and emo lyrics, creating a very unique sound. After the huge success of the band’s debut album,¬†A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, back in 2005, they have had a string of albums, continuously kept their sound fresh and built up a very loyal following. Now, in 2018, and with only Brendon Urie¬†in the official line-up, the now-solo project is releasing a sixth studio album,¬†Pray For The Wicked. Here’s what we have to say about it…

Panic At The Disco - Pray For The Wicked

Let’s just start by saying that this album couldn’t be further from their 2005 debut but somehow still manages to have a distinctive Panic! At The Disco sound… mostly due to Brendon‘s instantly recognisable vocals!

Throughout the band’s life, they have had many incarnations, from the cabaret-infused emo-pop of their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005), to their Beatles-inspired, Pretty. Odd (2008) and even their remarkably elaborate 2016 offering, Death Of A Bachelor. Well, Pray For The Wicked is no different…it’s another eccentric overhaul of the act and with that, brings a new and exciting sound.

It all opens with the show-stopper, ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’; an all-out, overly-extravagant anthem that oozes an air of success about the guy. The production is top-notch and unapologetic about its use of heavy drum fills and lavish symphony instrumentation. I particularly love the use of the one-off beep where a “fuck” should be – a great little production addition.

This is a theatrical record that doesn’t hold back in any way, shape or form!

As with any Panic! album, there is a great deal of sass behind the lyrics but this record also serves as an honest reflection on certain aspects of his life; his religious upbringing coupled with his rise to fame but rather than focusing on him living the high-life (as was the case on 2016’s Death Of A Bachelor), delves further into the journey to get there. This is a theatrical record that doesn’t hold back in any way, shape or form! It could easily be the soundtrack to a film like The Greatest Showman or feature on Broadway.

Some of key tracks to listen to on this record include, the quietly catchy, ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It’; the pop-infused ‘High Hopes’ which you can’t help but sing at full pelt; the aptly-named ‘Dancing’s Not A Crime’ – which is a bloody good thing, as you’re unable to hear this without busting out some moves; and the beautifully heartfelt ‘Dying In LA’.

There is a real amalgamation of sounds on this album, from the superbly-integrated brass sections throughout (which add a certain class and almost seem to flaunt the budget that must have been spent making it), to the urban flourishes, such as gritty vinyl sounds, ballsy trap beats and even hip hop-tinted, high-pitched vocal samples. There’s no escaping the fact that Brendon sounds like he had a friggin’ great time making this record and at the same time, was not afraid to push some boundaries.

One thing’s for sure; fans of label-mates, Fall Out Boy‘s, newer sound, as well as die-hard Panic! fans, will undoubtedly love this record…but I have a feeling that with this new direction, he might well be picking up a whole new army of fans too! There are moments here and there that I could give or take, but on the whole, this is an outstanding, current and contemporary album that I would just LOVE to see performed live!

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‘Pray For The Wicked’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pray-for-the-wicked/1361152002


Pray For The Wicked on Spotify

Hey Look Ma, I Made It (Official Video)

Say Amen (Saturday Night) (Official Video)


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#MellowMonday: Charlie Cunningham – ‘Minimum’


   

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Charlie Cunningham¬†is currently making big waves on Spotify with his debut album,¬†Lines, but in particular, his single,¬†‘Minimum’ which is featured on many playlists across the platform.

After a string of EPs and gaining a steady following over the past two years, the London-based singer-songwriter released his debut album, at the beginning of this year.

There’s a hint of flamenco guitar playing but in a more placid way and his vocals are soulful and echoey; reminiscent of some¬†80s vocalists – Crowded House come to mind.

This guy has a lot to offer in a world of Tropical House, Trap and EDM – something different, honest and artistic – definitely one to watch.

No official video has been released, but we’ll update you if one emerges.

What are your thoughts of this singer-songwriter? Got a #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Minimum’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/minimum/id1164525226?i=1164525372


#Two4Tunesday: Martin Garrix – ‘In The Name Of Love’ featuring Bebe Rexha & Dua Lipa – ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’


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Martin Garrix – ‘In The Name Of Love’ featuring Bebe Rexha

Dutch DJ and producer,¬†Martin Garrix recently released a monster of track,¬†‘In The Name Of Love’ featuring vocals from¬†Bebe Rexha.

The song was said to have been inspired by his close friend Devam Shah and is defined as a future bass track. It has a whole mash of instrumentation, including piano, bass and guitars.

The ascension throughout this song is beautifully¬†enthralling – I love that it begins as a mellow track before dropping into an incredible musical hook. I can’t get enough of this right now!


‘In The Name Of Love’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/in-the-name-of-love/id1137640898?i=1137641426



Dua Lipa – ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’

Released back in August, this song has just caught my attention, but it’s damn catchy!

Dua Lipa released the song ahead of her self-titled debut album and is the fifth single to be released from it, so far.

It’s a hard-hitting, ballsy track that is full to the brim with sass! It’s a great track and the video is pretty cool too. I’ve got major love for this song right now!


‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/blow-your-mind-mwah/id1145317882?i=1145318020


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#FeelGoodFriday: DJ Snake – ‘Middle’ featuring Bipolar Sunshine


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‘Middle’ is a song released by French DJ and record producer,¬†DJ Snake. Although the song was actually released in October 2015, the music video didn’t premier until March 2016. The song has since gone on to reach Number 10 in the UK charts, and still, after 14 weeks, remains at Number 16! It’s clearly been a big hit over here!

The song takes its influences from Electropop and Trap music and has a similar vibe to¬†Lean On;¬†his collaboration with Major Lazer and¬†M√ė. This particular track also features¬†Bipolar Sunshine, lending some awesome vocals to the song!

What do you think of this track? Are you a DJ Snake fan? What would your song choice for #FeelGoodFriday be? Please leave your choice in a comment below or talk to us via our social media accounts.

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‘Middle’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/middle-feat.-bipolar-sunshine/id1047469985?i=1047471150


#WildCardWednesday: Mura Masa – ‘What If I Go?’


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Mura Masa is a 19-year-old producer from Guernsey, who is known for his electronic music, particularly his interest in trap music.

To date, Alex Crossan (aka Mura Masa) has had just two singles; his first release featured Shura¬†and¬†his second is this,¬†‘What If I Go?’

This song has only just been released about a week ago, but has been featured on several Spotify playlists. No official video has been released yet, but we’ll keep you updated on that.

A great song to lift those midweek blues!

What do you think of this track? Are you already aware of Mura Masa? What would your song choice be for this #WildCardWednesday? Share your thoughts and song choices with us please.

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‘What If I Go?’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/what-if-i-go/id1088309908?i=1088310192


#WildCardWednesday: MNEK & Zara Larsson – ‘Never Forget You’


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MNEK is a Grammy-nominated, British singer, songwriter and producer, and Zara Larsson¬†is a Swedish singer; the winner of Talang (Sweden’s version of¬†Britain’s Got Talent). The pair have teamed up to create this infectious, dubstep/house/trap tune!

It reached Number 1 on the UK Dance Charts and is certified as platinum in Sweden.

The music video is beautifully shot – the pair perform in the¬†stunning scenery of Iceland and it follows the story of a girl who meets a rather adorable creature/makes up an imaginary friend – it’s great!

Happy #WildCardWednesday! What do you think of the song/video? Please leave your song choice for the day in a comment below or Facebook/Tweet us!

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‘Never Forget You’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/never-forget-you-single/id1027607374


#WildCardWednesday: Jack √ú – ‘Where Are √ú Now’ featuring Justin Bieber

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For this week’s #WildCardWednesday we bring you¬†Jack √ú!

Jack Ü is an american duo, consisting of producing legends Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) and Diplo (aka Thomas Pentz), who formed their side-project, Jack Ü, back in 2013. They are considered to be a mixture of Trap and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

Their most recent release is¬†‘Where Are √ú Now’¬†which features guest vocals from¬†Justin Bieber; whatever you think of¬†Biebs, this track is awesome and his vocals are pretty remarkable. The track has actually had quite a positive response recently, peaking No. 5 in the UK charts, so far.

As of yet, the song has no official video, though on is in the works. However, Justin Bieber has released a home-made video for the track on his official YouTube account (see below).

Anyway, this tune is huge, so crank it loud – it’s killer!

What do you think of this song? Are you a fan? Was Justin Bieber a good choice of vocalist for the track? Please share our link on Twitter and Facebook.

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