Review #154: Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor

Artist – Panic! At The Disco
Album – Death Of A Bachelor (2016)


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Panic! At The Disco are a rock band from Las Vegas, USA. With their debut album release ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ being a huge success, going double platinum, Panic! quickly became the go to band for the ‘Emo’ generation, along with MCR, Paramore, Fall Out Boy etc. After the bands debut they decided to shift in sound, something a bit more poppy, which two of the original members didn’t agree with and therefore left, eventually in 2015 alienating lead songwriter Spencer Smith as well, seeing his departure from the band. Panic! At The Disco currently have 4 studio albums out, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ being their 5th.

In interviews previous to the release of ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, lead singer Brendon Urie described the album as being a mix of Queen and Frank Sinatra … I can confirm this to be 100% untrue, I’m not sure where he hears those comparisons. This album is a mixture of all the terrible elements old emo/pop-punk bands began adding into their music to try and stay fresh, from the grating synths to the electronic drums which just don’t fit the music. There are also just a bunch of seemingly random elements added into certain songs that if weren’t there would make the song slightly more bearable. The title song ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ for instance is Brendon Urie’s attempt at the old big band style. For some reason Brendon has decided to add this repetitive/simple electronic drum beat throughout the song and a dreadfully composed/played/recorded organ piece for the outro which really drags you out from anything decent in the track. Every song seems empty, with no real message or effort put into creating something of substance, just generic pop-rock that could have easily come from Fall Out Boy or All Time Low.

I see Panic! At The Disco’s musical path as being almost exactly the same as Fall Out Boys, whom I didn’t have too many great words to say of on their last record. Both bands pretty much dropped whatever it was musically that made them interesting after a couple records (Panic! lost it after one), simply to appeal to a wider audience, therefore creating generic pop music. One difference is Panic’s band were clever and left Brendon behind.


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