Review: Panic! At the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor

By: Madyson McGill

I must confess I’m a huge fan of Panic! at the Disco. I’ve bought and loved every single one of their albums, and have fallen in love with their live performances and the pure sound of Brendon Urie’s vocals. So, when their fifth studio album “Death of a Bachelor” dropped January 15th I had it downloaded to my Spotify playlist in a matter of seconds and had it playing throughout my room instantly.

One important fact to know about Panic! at the Disco is that they never deliver the same album twice, and frequently change their style between albums. This album is no exception. Frontman and only remaining original member Brendon Urie doesn’t disappoint with the new sound he’s produced for his 11 track album “Death of a Bachelor”. This album closes the door to what fans knew as Panic! at the Disco and begins a new era for the band, but still has a handful of sins and tragedies. “Death of Bachelor” kicks off with a bang with its first track “Victorious” that makes one feel like they can take on the world with it’s motivating lyrics and edgy techno sound. It’s a perfect song to listen to after small and large victories in life. It’s a great fit to set up the wild ride through the rest of the album. So, get ready to dance and sing to the first few invigorating tracks because the second track “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” is an instant party that doesn’t slow down.

Swing into the middle of the album where Urie channels his inner Sinatra and travels back in time with the title track “Death of a Bachelor” and “Crazy=Genius” by adding jazz style horns with a modern twist that works for his sound. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to live in the L.A. limelight than take a listen to the track “LA Devotee” where Urie paints a vivid picture with the track’s upbeat techno vibes.

The last few tracks take you on a journey down memory lane. Through Urie’s lyrics listeners experience the fleeting feeling of unbridled youth and unforgotten love with the tracks “Golden Days” and “House of Memories”. The ride comes to a close with the moving somber ballad “Impossible Year”, where he embraces a symphonic sound and leaves the listeners wanting more. The only downside to ending the album this way is after having an album full of a variety of tempos it doesn’t feel like this song should be the end.

Overall I found this album deserving of its No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 Chart finally giving them the recognition they deserve after a decade in the music industry. I definitely recommend giving it a listen if you want an album with a variety songs to please one’s pallet.

Rating: 5/5