There’s a certain infamy among Panic! At The Disco fans. The band is notorious for their ever-changing lineup. When Ryan Ross, lead guitarist, Dallon Weekes, bassist, and Spencer Smith, the drummer, departed, the internet exploded. The only one left is Brendon Urie, singer-songwriter extraordinaire, but evidently he is very successful in working solo. Panic!’s latest release, Death of a Bachelor, recently hit #1 on a number of charts across the nation, and upon listening, it’s clear to see why.
The album kicks off with Victorious, a previous single that’s upbeat, danceable, bright. It’s easy to imagine lead singer Brendon Urie prancing around onstage while singing along to this. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time, the next song, has occasionally humorous lyrics, like “I’m not as think as you drunk I am” and “I lost a bet to a guy in a chiffon skirt/but I make these high heels work”, this is another classic Brendon Urie track. It’s followed by Hallelujah, another single that has the same general vibe as the two previous songs. It uses brass instruments in the backing tracks this time, which pulls the song together well while complimenting Urie’s incredible range. The fourth song, Emperor’s New Clothes, has a very Halloween-y feeling, complete with a wonderfully creepy music video. It’s a spinoff of the children’s tale of the same name, and Urie once again shows off his range from the lower choruses to the unbelievably high-pitched chorus. The title track follows, and it’s clear to see Urie’s Frank Sinatra influence on this track. It’s smooth, sultry, and has been described as “Frank Sinatra gone pop-punk”. Crazy=Genius, the next piece, is upbeat and swing-y again. It uses a lot of jazz instruments, like saxophones and trumpets, and the drums are heavy and driving. LA Devotee is a classic pop-punk song, although it leans heavily towards the “pop” side of that spectrum, and sounds a autotuned at parts.It’s followed by Golden Days, which has high notes as always (although they’re strong and clear) and great imagery in the lyrics. The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty is sexy, smooth, and seductive, and is easy to dance to – but not in the same way as Victorious. Two from the end, House Of Memories has intense percussion and unique lyrics that seem like they should be written on the arms of angsty teenagers. Finally, Impossible Year has simple stringed and piano instrumentation, which is a good thing in this case. It’s very “Frank Sinatra” and it’s easy to hear the emotion in Urie’s words.
The influence of Frank Sinatra is clear in this album, and Brendon Urie couldn’t have picked a better musician to model his music after. Although nothing can beat A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Panic!’s first studio album, Death Of A Bachelor comes pretty close.