Panic! have never sounded more like themselves.
Label: Atlantic Records
Released: 15th January 2016
Once again it’s all change for Panic! At The Disco. Swapping the decadent homecoming of ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!’ for the theatrics of ‘Death of a Bachelor’, the band still manage to shock and delight in equal measure.
From the opening chant of ‘Victorious’ through the swinging glee of the title track until ‘Impossible Year’, a haunting ode to the future, Panic! At The Disco rage with an unstoppable lust for life.
Backed by a ten-year career of doing whatever the fuck they like, ‘Death of A Bachelor’ sees Brendon Urie pushing that mantra as far and wide as he can. Flirting with an ever-expanding pool of influences, Panic! At The Disco have never sounded more like themselves. There’s a confidence to the way the record carries itself, bouncing from the stomping ensemble of ‘Crazy=Genius’ to the solitary reflection of ‘Golden Days’ without a second glance.
It’s not the brash assurance that caused ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ or a simple desire to shock that was ‘Pretty.Odd’. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ is confident because it is content. There’s a comfort to the way Brendon now uses his voice to full effect and the eclectic nature of the record is there because it needs to be. How else are Panic! At The Disco meant to show off their many, many sides.
Nestled between the Danny Elfman pomp of ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ and the west coast party of ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ lays ‘Hallelujah’, the track that started it all. Still glorious, still electric, it promises a night you’ll never forget. The band have taken that desire and run with it.
‘Death of a Bachelor’ is Panic! At The Disco at their most vibrant. It’s Brendon Urie on maximum. In amongst all the sequins and shine though is a nuanced record of heartfelt honesty that’s constantly entertaining. Some things just don’t change. Ali Shutler