Sound — 9
The very first song I heard from Panic at the Disco was "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies," which I thought was a pretty catchy alternative/punk song, but I still thought it was sort of mainstream in terms of instrumentals. As I was surfing YouTube, I came along "That Green Gentleman," which impressed me with an upbeat acoustic guitar, a Beatle-esque electric guitar lines, overall happy vocals, and in my opinion, a very unique sound that I haven't heard in most music today. After that, I began to look into other songs from Pretty. Odd., and immediately fell in love with tracks such as "Northern Downpour" and "Nine in the Afternoon", both of which had enjoyable music videos, as well. I finally purchased the CD during Christmas this year (2008), and I was impressed by the sound of every song. I think they took it into their hands to make a new sound for each song, and in my opinion, they succeeded. Even though it's completely different than "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," I think that original Panic At The Disco fans (the ones that loved them with the! still there) will like this album because it still has that PATD feel to it.
Lyrics — 10
I think that Ryan Ross did a remarkable job with the lyrics for this album. Sure, you can't understand them at first, but there is a profound meaning behind every word that he writes. There's not much I can say about them except that they were superb in my mind.
Overall Impression — 8
All in all, I was extremely impressed by Panic at the Disco's work on this album. It was both unique and enjoyable, and I think they are at the head of a revolution to carve a new sound into music. Some of the songs that I enjoyed the most were "She's a Handsome Woman," for it's catchy melodies and lyrics, "Nine in the Afternoon," for it's upbeat and happy feeling, and "That Green Gentleman," for being the first Pretty. Odd. song I came to love. If you were to compare this album to other albums, I think that PATD shows both outstanding songwriting talent, and instrumental talent.