I’ve been waiting for this album for what feels like forever, but it is finally here and it does not disappoint. For Panic! fans this album has been highly anticipated, with the release of high calibre singles like ‘Halleljuah‘, ‘Victorious‘ and ‘Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time‘(reviewed previously on the site) only feeding this excitement. As with all Panic! albums it’s an evolution from ‘Too Rare to Live, Too Weird to Die’, personally I think ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is one of their strongest albums yet.
As the release date grew closer, more songs from the new album found their way online and they too served to feed fans excitement. ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ sees Brendon Urie shine as a writer, producer and performer and gives us an album that is the most personal and honest effort to date. His personal influences are clear in the form of hip-hop beats and Sinatra jazz, mix in a few dance-inducing Queen-style anthems and you make a brilliant album.
‘The Good, The Bad and The Dirty’ is fabulously catchy. You can’t help but move to it, much like the majority of the album, and you’ll be singing along to this before the song is over much like ‘House of Memories’. Brendon Urie had told interviewers the new album was a mix of Beyoncé beats and Sinatra vocals, people laughed, but he wasn’t wrong. It’s the perfect combination that we never knew we needed.
Title track ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is one of the more stripped-back songs on the album. The song is about looking back on a part of your life that’s over, thinking about possible futures and appreciating the present. It nicely ties together the themes that run through the album and is one of my favourites. The Sinatra influence is very clear in this crooner and the video is a smooth shout out to one of Brendon’s biggest musical influences.
This is even more apparent in the final track on the album, ‘Impossible Year’. I fell in love with this song from the first few seconds, it’s a perfect end to the high energy album – slowing everything down and stripping away the electronic beats that feature throughout the album.
There isn’t a single track on this album that I don’t like and I can’t recommend it enough. If you haven’t bought it already then give this album a chance because I really think it will be worth it. The release came along side an announcement for a US summer co-headline tour with Weezer, take a look at the dates and try to get down to a show because it will be worth it.
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