Pray for the Wicked is Panic! at the Disco's sixth studio album, and is by far the most successful, with hits such as “High Hopes” and “Say Amen” playing on radios everywhere and hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard music charts once again after Panic! at the Disco's 5th album, Death of a Bachelor, also reached the top.
The album was produced by Jake Sinclair and promoted by the singles "Say Amen (Saturday Night)", "High Hopes" and "Hey Look Ma, I Made It", with "(Fuck A) Silver Lining", "Dancing's Not a Crime" and "King of the Clouds" released as promotional singles. It received generally positive reviews upon release, with many critics noting Brendon Urie's Broadway influences following his performance in Kinky Boots.
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 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.
|1.||"(Fuck A) Silver Lining"||Brendon Urie, Jake Sinclair, Morgan Kibby, Scott Chesak, Johnny Funches, Marvin Junior||2:48|
|2.||"Say Amen (Saturday Night)"||Urie, Sinclair, Lauren Pritchard, Sam Hollander, Toby Wincorn, Tom Peyton, Imad Roy El-Amine, Suzy Shinn, Thomas Brenneck, Michael Deller, Daniel Foder, Andrew Greene, Brian Profilio, Jared Tankel, Nathan Abshire||3:09|
|3.||"Hey Look Ma, I Made It"||Urie, Dillon Francis, Michael Angelakos, Hollander, Sinclair, Kibby||2:49|
|4.||"High Hopes"||Urie, Sinclair, Jenny Owen Youngs, Pritchard, Hollander, William Lobban-Bean, Jonas Jeberg, Taylor Parks, Ilsey Juber||3:10|
|5.||"Roaring 20s"||Urie, Sinclair, Hollander, Kenneth Harris, Youngs, Steph Jones, Benjamin Freedlander, Wincorn, Maynard Ferguson, Gary Lindsay||3:06|
|6.||"Dancing's Not A Crime"||Urie, Sinclair, John Newman, John Hill,
Christopher Bernard Allen
|7.||"One Of The Drunks"||Urie
|9.||"King Of The Clouds"||Urie
|11.||"Dying In LA"||Urie
Brendon Urie provides all vocals on the album. Unlike the Death of a Bachelor however, he did not play the instruments on every track.
Touring guitarist Kenneth Harris played all guitar on the album (with the exception of "Hey Look Ma, I Made it," where Urie played guitar.) He also contributed lyrics to "Roaring '20s," "Dancing's Not a Crime," "One of the Drunks," and "Old Fashioned."
Aside from this, Urie only played bass on "(Fuck A) Silver Lining," "Say Amen (Saturday Night," and "Hey Look Ma, I Made It," and did not perform drums on "(Fuck A) Silver Lining," "The Overpass," or "Dying in LA."
Urie performed keyboards on every track with the exception of "(Fuck A) Silver Lining," or "Old Fashioned." Minus the guitar, all other parts were played by either session musicians or were not used in the tracks.
On tour, Kenneth Harris was fired due to sexual allegations and was replaced by current guitarist, Mike Naran.