One and a half week ago Panic! At The Disco released their fifth studio-album ‘Death of a Bachelor.
Brendon Urie is now the only member of Panic! At The Disco. He did everything on this album; vocals, instruments, everything!
‘Death of a Bachelor’ is not as timeless as the other albums but it’s a confident leap
forward. I would say that it’s Brendon who’s reinventing P!ATD. It’s an evolution of a young man
who’s putting to bed the past and is reborn as a married man. Brendon Urie is killing the Bachelor.
As the first song ‘Victorious’ certainly sets the mood of what’s to come. Ambitious, hooky songs
which are passionate and powerful. ‘Victorious’ is a power-anthem which tells us to celebrate the
little victories. This song is built for arenas as well as for the dance floor and I doubt that you can
stand still while listening to it.
The Bachelor-party goes on with ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good time’. This is what happens after
the lap dances in ‘But It’s Better If You Do It’. This song is Panic! at their craziest and reminds me of
the party scenes in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’. It’s a bass driven groove and the backing vocals add some
drama to the scene. This song teaches us that Brendon Urie can, besides singing, ‘make these high
heels work’ and that he is ‘not as think as you drunk [he is]’. Possibly the funniest lyrics this band
‘Hallelujah’ is the first song Brendon Urie wrote for this album. His record label urged him to write an
album after he presented the single to them. He answered the question where the rest of the album
is with the fact that this was the only song he had. But nevertheless is ‘Hallelujah’ as powerful as the
others. After partying too hard Brendon is now in church, spreading the good word accompanied by
a church choir.
The world was supposed to end 2012 and ‘Emperor’s new Clothes’ would’ve been the track to play. It
starts cheery. But as Brendon slowly starts to emerge as the king of hell, the lyrics grow darker. The
beat gets dirtier, chants loop almost threatening and vocals are stretched to their limit. The music
video is almost disturbing yet incredible. The song gives us a little insight into Brendon Urie’s dark
We already know that Brendon Urie has an incredible vocal range but ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and the
following songs lead to one important question: Is that Brendon Urie or Frank Sinatra? The songs
begin to have something Sinatra-esque and Brendon’s voice seems perfect for the smooth and
elegant sound of this song. It leaves the past behind and portrays Brendon as someone who has
finished with the life of a Bachelor and is now more mature. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ is the song you
want to dress up to and drink whiskey in a fancy dress or tuxedo with your friends.
The next song, 'Crazy=Genius' reminded me a lot of ‘Heres A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet’ from P!ATD’s first album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat out’
You can hear playful horns and a catchy drum beat. All in all it brings back the “fever-vibe”.
To say goodbye to the old days once and for all, Brendon Urie bursts out a love song about
LA with ‘LA Devotee’. It may be the poppiest track on the record but Brendon Urie himself said that
it’s great to be devoted to a city he didn’t grew up in.
And we’re travelling further down memory lane because the song ‘Golden Days’ looks back on a life
full of good times and someone who is ending one part of the story and looks back on changes the
band has gone through over the years.
Electro bleeps introduce this chest-beating sing along song
that is ‘House of Memories’. But the scene changes when an Intermission-esque piano line is
dropping in and changing the mood. It goes along with ‘Emperors new Clothes’ perfectly.
‘Impossible Year’ is a bittersweet ballad that sees Brendon in a reflective mood. He reflects on failed
relationships made of "heartache and heartbreak, and gin made of tears". He’s supported by a full
orchestra which take us to the end of the song with a beautiful instrumental solo in the middle. It
feels like a perfect ending but Brendon leaves us with an unresolved minor note at the end of the
All in all ‘Death of a Bachelor’ is a very passionate album. It’s full of emotion and the powerful beats
mix perfectly with the excellent vocals. It’s an album that looks back on the good times and lays them
to rest. Brendon Urie is focusing on the future of P!ATD and his music. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ is original and unique like all the other P!ATD albums and I can’t wait to listen to it live.
Written by Franziska Zeiger
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