The Week in Music: Panic! Blends the Old and the New with 'Death of a Bachelor'

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:20 PM
The Week in Music:  Panic! Blends the Old and the New with 'Death of a Bachelor' by Kimberly Firestine
‘Death of a Bachelor’ manages to appeal to fans of classic and new Panic! alike.

“Every dog has its day” is a lesson Panic! At The Disco frontman – and now lone member — Brendon Urie learned following the release of the band’s fifth studio album on Jan. 15.

After 10 years and several line-up changes, Panic!’s “Death Of A Bachelor” catapulted Urie to the top of the Billboard 200, giving the band its first number one album.

For those who have remained loyal to Panic! since their first album release in 2005, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” the change of artistic direction is nothing new. While previous albums have contained experimentation with folk rock, EDM-like sounds and explosive pop hits, “Death Of A Bachelor” explores classic, Frank Sinatra-inspired melodies, returns to its synthetic beat-led roots a-la “Fever” and treats fans to a spectacular vocal performance from Urie.

“Death Of A Bachelor” carries at least one track for every mood possible. Need motivation? “Emperor’s New Clothes” is the one for you. Feeling blue? The album’s final track, “Impossible Year,” will almost force you into an ugly-crying session. If you’re looking for a song to dance to, look no further than the quick tempo, hard to ignore, “LA Devotee.”

It’s in the title track, “Death Of A Bachelor,” that Urie’s vocal abilities truly shine. Channeling his inner Sinatra, Urie dares to mix heavily jazz-influenced tones with modern synthetic beats and does it exceptionally well. The risk in pairing these melodies and vocal stylings pays off for Panic!, and Urie has an album worth celebrating.

The first single off the album, “Hallelujah,” was released April 20, 2015 and gained massive radio play, hitting number 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and peaking at number three on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs. “Hallelujah” was followed by “Victorious” and “Emperor’s New Clothes,” both released in the fall of 2015.

In a statement made via Instagram in October, Urie wrote “‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is very important to me. It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased. An ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ -esque look into a possibly different future. But mostly an appreciation for the present.”

You can catch Panic! At The Disco on a co-headlining tour with Weezer and special guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness this summer. “Death Of A Bachelor” is available on iTunes, Spotify and in stores now.

Kimberly Firestine is a Senior Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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