Album review: Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor

Brendon Urie

Brendon Urie has been on our radar quite consistently over the past year – and now that his new album Death of a Bachelor has finally hit radiowaves, we thought we’d weigh in with our thoughts.

You might know Panic! At the disco as “that-guyliner-laden-emo-band-worshipped-by-Myspace-users-in-the-early-2000s” – but recently the band has actually proven themselves to be quite the musical act to keep an ear on. Death of a Bachelor is a great pop/rock/caberet/swing/big band fusion, and my ears haven’t been this happy in a while. Die-hard Panic fans will find all the techno-drama their hearts desire, while new fans will likely be drawn in by the band’s evolution of sound.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Frontman, Brendon Urie, has always had a great voice – from the angst-ridden cabaret tones of “I write sins not tragedies” to the folksy banter of “Behind the sea”. However, Death of a Bachelor, displays a vocal confidence never heard before. Not only does he belt out those tippy-top notes we’ve always known he could, but now he also sweetly croons us with the classical charm of a modern-day Sinatra. My first impression? Um, YES PLEASE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

TOP TRACKS

Emperor’s new clothes (Rock opera feel, with splashes of Tim Burton and Queen)

Death of a Bachelor (An ode to true love, and Frank Sinatra.)

Golden Days (A little bit of old Panic, a little bit of new Panic.)

Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time (A dance-y tune accompanied by the riff of B52’s “Rock Lobster”.)

LYRICS TO LIVE BY

“If crazy equals genius, then I’m a fucking arsonist – I’m a rocket scientist.” – Crazy=Genius

“The lonely moments just get lonelier, the longer you’re in love.” – House of Memories

SOUNDS LIKE:

While I found the chants and shouts of “Don’t threaten me with a good time” and “The good, the bad, and the dirty” reminiscent of Fall Out Boy’s slightly overdone yells and hollers, I do feel as though Panic has evolved into a very unique sound of their own. You can hear big band/Sinatra influences in many of the tracks, but Urie’s style has made this genre of music way more accessible to a commercial pop audience.

RATING:

A super freaking duper 8/10.

giphy

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