Pray for the Wicked

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Pray for the Wicked
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
Genre
Length34:11
Label
Producer
Panic! at the Disco chronology
All My Friends We're Glorious
(2017)
Pray for the Wicked
(2018)
Singles from Pray for the Wicked
  1. "Say Amen (Saturday Night)"
    Released: March 21, 2018
  2. "High Hopes"
    Released: May 23, 2018
  3. "Hey Look Ma, I Made It"
    Released: February 26, 2019

Pray for the Wicked is the sixth studio album by American rock band Panic! at the Disco. The album was released on June 22, 2018.[7] on Fueled by Ramen and DCD2. It is the follow-up to the band's fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor (2016). The album was produced by Jake Sinclair and preceded by the singles "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "High Hopes", with "(Fuck A) Silver Lining", "Dancing's Not a Crime", "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" and "King of the Clouds" released as promotional singles. It received generally positive reviews upon release, with many critics noting Urie's Broadway influences following his performance in Kinky Boots.

Background[edit]

Panic! at the Disco released their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, on January 16, 2016. To promote the record, the band embarked on a co-headling tour with Weezer that summer and a United States tour the following year. On April 11, 2017, it was reported that vocalist Brendon Urie would be making his Broadway debut as one of the lead roles in Kinky Boots. Urie performed in the show for ten weeks from May until August 2017.

Following the success of Death of a Bachelor, Urie was granted the rest of 2017 from the band's record label, Fueled by Ramen. However, Urie felt compelled to continue writing music during his time off. The writing process began a month before Urie made his debut in Kinky Boots when he wrote the chorus of "High Hopes". Urie stated that writing the record took about four months total in the span of a year and a half.

Urie teased the band's then-unannounced sixth studio album sporadically throughout late 2017 and early 2018, typically through Instagram Live broadcasts. On March 8, 2018, the band began teasing the release of a lead single and a subsequent album with a two minute long video of Urie brushing his teeth beside an alarm clock reading "3:19" for the video's entirety, accompanied by an orchestral version of "King of the Clouds". The time on the clock led fans to believe that the band would be releasing new material on March 19. Over a week later, fans received packages sent from Urie's P.O. box containing a white bottle reading "Pray for the W!cked / 3:21 / Unholy Water", once more leading to speculation over a release date of March 21. On March 19, the band announced a surprise show at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio that night. The band unveiled their new touring bassist, Nicole Row, who would be replacing their former member and touring bassist, Dallon Weekes, following his departure on December 27, 2017. No new material was performed at the show.

The album was announced on March 21, 2018, alongside the release of the lead single "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and a B-side, "(Fuck A) Silver Lining".[8]

The second single "High Hopes" was released on May 23, 2018,[9] followed by the pre-release track "King of the Clouds" on June 18, 2018.[10]

The singles for the album were released in three Spotify combinations: Say Amen for Silver Linings, High Hopes on Saturday Night, and King of High Hopes.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB−[12]
DIY3/5 stars[13]
The Guardian3/5 stars[14]
The Independent4/5 stars[4]
Kerrang!3/5[15]
Newsday3.5/4 stars[16]
NME4/5 stars[1]
Q3/5 stars[17]
The Times2/5 stars[18]

Pray for the Wicked has received generally positive reviews from music critics. It holds an average score of 70 out of 100 on Metacritic based on nine reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[11] In a positive review, The Independent said, "Panic! have never released the same album twice, but on Pray For The Wicked it feels as if they've finally managed to channel that frenetic, slightly chaotic attitude into a studio album that is at once eclectic and coherent."[4] In another positive review, NME commented on the influence of Brendon Urie being involved in Kinky Boots on the sound of the album, adding that "while it's fair to say he's always had a flair for theatrics, the experience has injected these tracks with unprecedented levels of sass and drama."[1] Newsday suggested that Urie's "Broadway stint brings him a creative burst and a theatrical bent."[16] The album, though, received a poor rating from long term supporters of the band: Kerrang! magazine saying that the album was, "stiff and trying too hard".[19]

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Alternative Press The 50 Best Albums of 2018
Billboard Billboard's Best Rock Albums of 2018
12
Kerrang! The 50 Albums that Shook 2018
29
Rock Sound Rock Sound's Best Albums of 2018
8

Commercial performance[edit]

Pray for the Wicked debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 180,000 album-equivalent units, of which 151,000 were pure album sales.[5] It is the band's second US number-one album.[5] The album also debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it the band's second Australian number-one album.[24] According to Billboard, Pray for the Wicked was the 10th best selling vinyl album of 2018 in the US with sales of 59,000.[25] The album was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from iTunes.[26] All songs produced by Jake Sinclair, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."(Fuck A) Silver Lining"
  • J. Sinclair
  • S. Chesak
2:48
2."Say Amen (Saturday Night)"
  • J. Sinclair
  • Tobias Wincorn[b]
  • Suzy Shinn[b]
3:09
3."Hey Look Ma, I Made It"
  • J. Sinclair
  • Francis
2:49
4."High Hopes"3:10
5."Roaring 20s"
  • J. Sinclair
  • Tobias Wincorn[a]
3:06
6."Dancing's Not a Crime"
3:39
7."One of the Drunks"
  • Urie
  • Sinclair
  • @iamchillpill
  • Alex Goodwin
  • Hollander
  • Harris
3:18
8."The Overpass"
  • J. Sinclair
  • S. Chesak
2:57
9."King of the Clouds"
  • Urie
  • Sinclair
  • Alex Kresovich
  • Hollander
  • Shinn
  • J. Sinclair
  • Alex 'AK' Kresovich[a]
  • Shinn[b]
2:40
10."Old Fashioned"
  • Urie
  • Sinclair
  • Wincorn
  • Hollander
  • Harris
  • J. Sinclair
  • Tobias Wincorn[a]
2:46
11."Dying in LA"
  • J. Sinclair
3:49
Total length:34:11

Track notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Samples[edit]

  • "(Fuck A) Silver Lining" contains elements from "Oh What a Night" by The Dells.
  • "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" contains interpolations of "Aphasia" by The Budos Band and "Crying Pine Grove Blues" by Nathan Abshire.
  • "Roaring 20s" contains elements of "Latino Lovewalk" by Maynard Ferguson.
  • "Dancing's Not a Crime" contains samples from "Get Down" by Chris Bernard.
  • "The Overpass" contains elements of "Chase" by James Brown and an interpolation of "Mama Feelgood" by Lyn Collins.

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per album booklet.

Panic! at the Disco

  • Brendon Urie – vocals, guitar (track 3), bass (tracks 1–3), drums (tracks 2–7, 9 and 10), piano (tracks 2–4 and 11), background vocals (tracks 1–7, 9 and 10)

Additional musicians

  • Jake Sinclair – background vocals (tracks 1–7, 9 and 10), bass (tracks 4–9), organ (tracks 5 and 6), guitar (track 4), acoustic guitar (track 10)
  • Rob Mathes – conductor, string and horn arrangements
  • Kenneth Harris – guitar (tracks 1–7, 9 and 10), background vocals (tracks 1–7 and 10)
  • Suzy Shinn – background vocals (tracks 1–7, 9 and 10)
  • Scott Chesak – drums (tracks 1 and 8), keyboards (track 1 and 8), guitar (track 8), bass (track 8), percussion (track 1)
  • Morgan Kibby – background vocals (track 3)
  • Ilsey Juber – background vocals (track 4)
  • Sam Hollander – background vocals (tracks 5, 7, and 10)
  • Alex Kresovich – piano (track 9), organ (track 9)
  • Rachel White – background vocals (track 9)
  • Kate Micucci – background vocals (track 9)
  • Thomas Bowes – string leader, concertmaster (London), violin
  • Bruce Dukov – concertmaster (Los Angeles), violin
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin
  • Julie Gigante – violin
  • Jessica Guideri – violin
  • Lisa Lui – violin
  • Maya Magub – violin
  • Serena McKinney – violin
  • Helen Nightengale – violin
  • Katia Popov – violin
  • Tereza Stanislav – violin
  • Warren Zielinski – violin
  • Jackie Hartley – violin
  • Rita Manning – violin
  • Peter Hanson – violin
  • Tom Pigott-Smith – violin
  • Emlyn Singleton – violin
  • Cathy Thompson – violin
  • Brian Dembow – string leader (Los Angeles), viola
  • Robert Brophy – viola
  • Shawn Mann – viola
  • Zach Dellinger – viola
  • Peter Lale – string leader (London), viola
  • Bruce White – viola
  • Steve Erdody – string leader (Los Angeles), cello
  • Jacob Braun – cello
  • Eric Byers – cello
  • Caroline Dale – string leader (London), cello
  • Tim Gill – cello
  • Jason Fabus – saxophone
  • Peter Slocombe – saxophone
  • Morgan Jones – saxophone
  • Mike Rocha – trumpet
  • Jonathan Bradley – trumpet
  • Ryan Dragon – trombone
  • Peter Cobbin – strings (track 9)

Additional personnel

  • Rosanna Jones – album illustrations
  • Jimmy Fontaine – photography

Production

  • Jake Sinclair – production
  • Suzy Shinn – additional production (tracks 2 and 6–9), engineering
  • Scott Chesak – production (track 1 and 8)
  • Dillon Francis – production (track 3)
  • Chill Pill – co-production (track 7), engineering (track 7)
  • Alex Kresovich – co-production (track 9)
  • Claudius Mittendorfer – mixing
  • Emily Lazar – mastering
  • Chris Allgood – assistant mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[57] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[59] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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