The latest edition to Panic! At The Disco’s discography, and fifth overall release, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is nothing short of genius. The eclectic mix of genres, melodies and beats is something you wouldn’t typically come to expect in one album, but in this circumstance it just works. A follow up from the 2013 album ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’, the proverbial last man standing of the original line-up, lead singer Brendon Urie, has once more taken Panic! in his own direction, mixing a Vegas-esque tone with music you’d expect on stage musicals.
‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is the first album not to feature Spencer Smith on the drums. It is also entirely written, recorded and composed by Urie himself, which can only be considered as a massive and impressive feat to be completed by one man. Urie released various singles from the album before its release, such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Victorious’ and ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ to name a few. The variety of these singles left everyone with high expectations for this new album, and it definitely has not disappointed.
Opening with the bouncy, upbeat ‘Victorious’, originally released in September last year, it is a massive step away from Panic’s ‘typical’ song type. The song was released with a video, which features Urie winning in a series of events due to him not ringing his ex girlfriend, which has so far surpassed having 5 million views on YouTube. Another song on the album worth noting is track two, ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’. Again, it is a stretch from the sound everybody typically relates to Panic! At The Disco.
Both ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and ‘Crazy=Genius’ shop remnants that can only be linked back to typical 20’s music. Brass and percussion instruments are a key element of both songs.
The only song on this album that could be linked back to the ‘old’ Panic! signature sound would be ‘House Of Memories’. Which, in the name itself makes you think of a look-back to the old sound, the ‘memories’ so to speak.
Overall, Urie has taken a massive step even further away from the old Panic!. But, he’s done it in a way that shouldn’t alienate even the most avid of Panic! At The Disco fans. This is Urie’s new sound, and although it’s a far stretch away from what everybody knows, even the synth-pop ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’, once you’ve given it a few listens, it’s something that definitely grows on you.