Panic! At The Disco: “Death of a Bachelor”

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Panic! At The Disco 

Death Of A Bachelor

[Fueled by Ramen / DCD2 Records, 2016]

by Deanna Romani

 

From Beatles-influenced indie rock to 80s synth-driven pop, Panic! At The Disco has finally come full circle with an album that will definitely get your teen heart beating faster and faster.

Death Of A Bachelor, the band’s fifth studio album, brings them back to their vaudeville/cabaret style roots, with a sound described as “Sinatra and Queen meets Beyoncé” according to the band’s front man, Brendon Urie.

“I’ll never be Freddie Mercury, I’ll never be Sinatra. So I gotta be myself, but in order to do that I’m going to use all the tricks in the book that I know and use all the inspiration they gave me, the passion that I fell in love with in this business and music in general,” Urie tells Noisey.

As the only original member of the band left, Urie took songwriting, producing, instrumentals, and singing into his own hands, recording every drum beat, piano note, guitar chord, and so on, all by himself. Lyrically, the album strongly focuses on all the weird & the debauchery he’s most known for, as well as coming to terms with his past now that he’s a married man.

The album’s opening track, “Victorious,” blends and boasts the sounds of the band’s third and fourth albums for an upbeat, synth-driven arena-pop song. The track fades into “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time,” which samples the bass line from The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and with the catchy chorus of “Champagne, cocaine, gasoline / And most things in between,” it’s guaranteed to get stuck in your head all day (not to mention the giggle-worthy line “I told you time and time again / I’m not as think as you drunk I am”).

The album’s title track showcases Urie’s vocal ability as he channels his inner-Sinatra and shows off the falsetto he’s always been known for, even as an 18-year-old. Tracks like “The Good, The Bad And The Dirty” and “House Of Memories” are two of the most nostalgic songs on the album, both blending all of the sounds and genres Panic! has explored over the past 10 years.

“Crazy=Genius” has a striking similarity to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’s “There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet” with cabaret-style horns and gang vocals. Other high points of the 11-track album include the heavily Sinatra inspired “Impossible Year” and Urie’s ode to Los Angeles, “LA Devotee.”

While the best Panic! At The Disco album is something that’s easily argued, Death Of A Bachelor might actually take the cake. Within the 11 tracks, you hear the Urie’s journey over the past 10 years, personally and professionally, and not one song feels out of place. His charisma and energy expressed onstage is finally translated properly to a studio album, and it definitely tops 2013’s Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!

 

Go download:Crazy=Genius

See them live: They’re hitting the road with Weezer & Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness this summer. The tour makes a stop at Ak-Chin Pavilion on August 2; more information is available here.

 

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