The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know
Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/Atl
They might've arrived with tales of treachery, but Pretty. Odd. is as sinister as a bundt cake, with the noodling trumpets of single "Nine in the Afternoon" heralding newfound attention to life's silver linings. There's even a ukulele. It's no minor departure for the emo kids: Ballsy experiments like "Behind the Sea" and "Pas de Cheval" are way outside the box. Like My Chemical Romance did with The Black Parade, Panic is not content to rewrite the pop punk playbook -- they throw it out entirely.