|Album Title:||Death of a Bachelor|
|Publisher:||Panic! at the disco|
Fans of Panic! at the disco may have had a three year wait for the release of their fifth album, but Death of a Bachelor doesn’t disappoint.
Creative control is now firmly in the hands of lead vocalist Brendon Urie, and he has been working behind the scenes on this album. He is now the only official remaining member, so the sound of the album is entirely what he wants it to be.
As a result Death of a Bachelor really plays to his strengths and shows a clear direction that it seems Urie wants to go down.
But will fans like this new album? Well from a Panic! at the disco album, fans tend to expect a few things: Brendon Urie’s amazing voice and huge vocal range. Check. An eclectic musical style. Check. Interesting story telling. Check.
However for people (like my self) that had never really taken to the older material will have a pleasant surprise here as the album switches gears slightly from older titles.
By this I mean, if I was asked to tell you the genre for this album, I would have a hard time, but that’s part of what makes it so charming and so thrilling. No two tracks are the same and each one brings something new and unique to the party, and everyone should appreciate at least one track on the album.
I think I need to breakdown all the positives.
Ok, firstly, the style. As I have previously mentioned it eclectic, like really eclectic, it’s all over the place stylistically, but in the best possible way, and some of the tracks will leave you surprised and genuinely satisfied. The album is insanely versatile and will appeal to a larger audience.
The style and genre of songs range from almost mainstream and potentially radio ready with tracks like ‘victorious‘ to more familiar alternative routes, with ‘Don’t threaten me with a good time‘ all the way to a Jazz feel, in songs like ‘Impossible year‘. All of which come off extremely well.
Secondly, the writing. You can really tell Urie has got full creative control, the guy knows how to tell a story. Pretty much every track takes you on a lyrical ride, which leaves you intrigued towards the end. Tracks like ‘Don’t threaten me with a good time’ and ‘Emperors new clothes‘ are fantastic examples of this.
Lastly, and most importantly, Urie’s voice – it sounds phenomenal. His rocky tone works in every song even the jazzy ones. He goes into his tenor high belts in pretty much every song, and the high key works particularly well in songs like, ‘Golden days‘ where he transcends his range brilliantly.
However in the impossible year in particular showcases Urie’s lower voice, sounding baritonal in the main, and this isn’t the only track to feature this type of singing.
As with every Panic! at the disco album Urie’s range is fully utilized, except from his higher head voice which he keeps mostly under wraps this time round.
So far fans of old, or people looking for new music then Death of a bachelor is something I highly recommend.