This month Panic! at the Disco released their fifth studio album, ‘Death of a Bachelor.’ I say ‘their’ when I should really say ‘his’ as Brendon Urie is the only remaining member. The new release possesses a completely different sound to that of its predecessors. Listen to the difference between their first two albums and you’ll acknowledge how this will always be expected of the American singer/songwriter.
In the months running up to the release of ‘DOAB,’ fans were given a teaser as to what this new album held. From April up until December, a number of tracks were released from the album including the lead single, ‘Hallelujah,’ ‘Victorious’ and ‘Emperor’s New Clothes.’ A mixture of the upbeat and the more slower songs captured listeners and made promise of an album with a variety of new sounds. This is most evident with the title track. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ has been linked heavily with the likes of Frank Sinatra. Combined with the influence of jazz and soul, the track is nothing like what Panic! have done in the past. The closing track ‘Impossible Year’ also sports the Sinatra vibe.
However, don’t expect the rest of the album to be of a similar style. ‘Victorious,’ ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘L.A. Devotee’ are all tracks to get your feet moving and the link between their sound and that of previous albums is a lot more distinct. ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ diverts more towards the pop route than the ’emo’ one of a decade ago while ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ is another track that’s impossible to compare to anything Urie has done before.
The second half of the album definitely stands out more than the first. ‘Crazy = Genius’ kicks off with a bang in terms of the production behind it – arguably a good or bad thing. There’s incredible potential for Urie’s vocals on ‘Golden Days’ in terms of the live performance of this song while my two personal favourite tracks, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Dirty’ and ‘House of Memories,’ both possess a beat that can be described as slicker but still holds the dance factor.
If there’s anything that this album conveys, it’s this: no matter what style of music Urie tries his hand at, he does it with style and pretty damn well.