Death of a Bachelor (Album) by Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco’s new album, 2016 release Death of a Bachelor features a variety of hits from the party-ridden Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time to the swooning ballad, Impossible Year. Panic!’s current lineup is exclusively frontman Brendon Urie, with the addition of a touring lineup. Urie recorded the album with the help of backup vocalists and instrumentalists. In an Instagram post, Brendon claims the title means “the end of an era.” What does the mean for the one man band that is Panic! at the Disco? They will be touring this summer, but have no official further plans after that.Now to the album itself. This album seems to tie in all of the band’s previous albums. Golden Days, the eighth track, could just as easily have been on the 2013 album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die. Emperor’s New Clothes would have blended in on the 2011 release of Vices & Virtues. Panic! at the Disco is iconic for having diverse albums, as well as diversity within the albums. No two are alike, yet this album brings elements from the whole history of the band. Death of a Bachelor is definitely the most diverse album yet. Urie displays his incredible vocal range throughout the album, crooning on the Sinatra-inspired title track, Death of a Bachelor, and zooming through his range on Crazy=Genius. His lyrics are as always, confusing yet amusing. With Golden Days’ “I found a pile of Polaroids in the crates of a record shop, they were sexy sexy looking back.” As well as Victorious’s “Double bubble disco queen, heading to the guillotine…” What do these complex lyrics mean? No one seems to know. Does anyone care? Nope. This is one of the few albums that covers every emotion. You could sit down and listen to it with tears dripping down your face, or you could dance like crazy to it. This is the diversity of Panic! at the Disco. In comparison to their previous records, this is my second to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Next to today’s music, it stands out. On my personal scale, I would rate this 4 out of 5 stars. Urie does a stunning job putting together the album, throwing in mind boggling lyrics and heartfelt music. Just as Brendon Urie described it, this era was wrapped up quite well.