Album Review: Death Of A Bachelor
By: Ani Thurman
Panic! at the Disco, a band that’s been an icon for Hot Topic shoppers since A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005), made many attempts to remove themselves from a predetermined label. Efforts of having a variety of sounds are prominent in all albums following: Pretty. Odd. (2008), Vices & Virtues (2011), and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013). However, nothing seemed to do them justice.
Panic!’s fifth studio album is Death of a Bachelor (2016). “Panic at the Disco is: Brendon Urie.” It’s an abrupt statement written in the CD booklet, but he is the only remaining member of the original lineup, and it’s apparent. Standing alone, I believe Urie has finally found the sound he envisioned. It’s notable that he refuses to write under a solo name, keeping the band flourishing as if we still had all members present.
In Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, Urie writes about his hometown of Las Vegas, respectively. However, Death of a Bachelor illustrates new experiences in Los Angeles, recalling late nights and letting loose to an over-the-top scale. Speaking of, we kick off with “Victorious”, a boastful description of a raging party scene. “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”, a song that samples The B-52’s “Rock Lobster”, refers to the morning after.
If you’re looking for diversity — this album is a roller-coaster of variation. Urie’s voice resembles that of a crooner, as evidence in the title track. Even in “Impossible Year”, the last song on the album, that appears to reflect on a regrettable past. He definitely channeled his inner Frank Sinatra at moments. Urie demonstrates and effortlessly uses his powerhouse of a voice throughout the album, but I personally enjoy hearing him roar the chorus of “Golden Days”.
Without anyone to share the spotlight or compromise with, Urie has an extensive amount of freedom. This album is exclusively his, and his creativity is endless. I’m sure fans are hoping for another in the near future, but considering Panic! At The Disco just recently announced the Death of a Bachelor Tour, it will most likely be a couple of years.