Track #9 off of Pray For The Wicked, 2018
Panic! At The Disco is a very weird band because at this point in time, there is a quite a difference between the “old” and “new” fans. While old fans, such as myself, reminisce on the Pretty.Odd. days and are still hoping for a full band reunion, new fans are fawning over Pray For The Wicked as if it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of Pray For The Wicked, the “bands” (Brendon Urie’s solo project) most recent work at the time of writing. I could write a book on everything I don’t like about it but that’s not really the point: it’s simply just not my jam.
BUT that doesn’t mean this record is a complete lost cause in my world. Among the rest of the tracks that got really old really quick, “King Of The Clouds” was one that was always so fun to me. This was also one that, interestingly enough, I didn’t hear many great reviews about. Just my luck to only like the one “bad” song on an album, right? Regardless, this track #9 is the shortest song on the track list, yet remains the most enthusiastic with a blaring percussion backing, dramatic synthesizer and Brendon Urie seamlessly hitting every impossibly high note in the chorus. It’s exciting and simply crazy, and reminds me heavily of the theatrical feel that their debut A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was comprised of. While I would say many of the modern released under the Panic! At The Disco name would be considered rather tame, “King Of The Clouds” goes all out insane and it’s easily one of the most entertaining track in the group’s discography.