A lot has changed over the decade that Panic! At The Disco have been in existence, the most notable of which is the departure of all but one of the founding members of the band. Dwindling further still, following up ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ with latest full-length offering ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, frontman Brendon Urie stands as the only member left. Downgrading everyone else to touring members sees Urie creating the entire record, thankfully, in a true extravagant and theatrical P!ATD style.
The new record blasts off with second single, ‘Victorious’, with Urie utilising his fantastic vocal range with an insanely infectious chorus mirrored on later track ‘LA Devotee’, which is fantastically upbeat it’s close to impossible not to dance along in some way or another. Instrumentally sampling The B-52s‘ ‘Rock Lobster’ on ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ sees a glimpse into the bachelor lifestyle Urie is seeing out, with lyrics such as “Drunk pre-meds and some rubber gloves / Five-thousand people with designer drugs” amid a raucous background.
Taking a somewhat less dramatic approach allows Urie to demonstrate his vocal prowess on title track ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, and closing ballad ‘Impossible Year’, which points in a direction for Urie to carry on after his bachelor lifestyle has ended. The only downside to this album comes in the form of when the little quirks that make P!ATD unique sound a bit too forced, occurring on ‘Crazy = Genius’ and ‘House Of Memories’, the latter of which instrumentally sounds alarmingly like Fall Out Boy‘s ‘Just One Yesterday’.
Despite the departure of several band members over the years, Panic! At The Disco still remain a pop-rock powerhouse in the music scene, with ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ being no exception. Let’s hope that Urie manages to find just as much inspiration from the next chapter in his life and continues to put together great records, despite being the only member remaining.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)