ALBUM REVIEW: Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Panic! At The Disco have experimented with it all, reinventing themselves multiple times and giving us dozens of infectious and brilliant pop/rock tracks. On their fifth studio album “Death Of A Bachelor” they revisit the theatrical sound that made their debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” a massive success. Lead singer Brendon Urie is the only remaining original member of the band but this record still has the heart and soul that made you originally fall in love with them. There is a heavier electronic influence which enhances the sound but they also experiment with a Frank Sinatra styled vocal production that is a tad confusing but works incredibly well. “Victorious”, “Hallelujah”, “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time”, and “LA Devotee” provide the big boppy moments that are classic Panic! At The Disco and are exactly the type of tunes you want/expect/need. “Emperor’s New Clothes” is an early favourite that sees their synth sound from their fourth studio album colliding with a theatrical circus vibe. The production is very unique and I cannot wait to see how this comes together live because it will be a moment you will need to experience. “Death Of A Bachelor” introduces the Frank Sinatra influence to the album with a smooth vocal delivery that bursts with power and vulnerability when the chorus hits. The song is a bittersweet look at the end of an era and sees him bidding farewell to his bachelor years as he prepares to get married. “Impossible Year” is the only ballad on the album and perfectly closes the record with another major Sinatra ode. “Crazy=Genius” is one of the strongest and most versatile tracks on the record. It is solely for the fans and has the three sounds they experiment with come together for one brilliant moment. There are a couple of filler tracks that start appearing at the latter end of the record but in its entirety this is their strongest collection of material since their debut. There is no other way to explain this record than; it’s a Panic! At The Disco album.