It’s a cold, gloomy, dark January morning. Then Death of a Bachelor starts playing and the skies turn blue, the sun comes up and everyone’s having a good time. Panic! At The Disco’s latest album has nothing but good vibes from start to finish and is exactly what you need to survive the dreaded ‘back to school/work’ routine that marks the end of the Christmas holidays. The majority of the songs on Death of a Bachelor are the energetic, dance-around-your-room-when-no one’s-looking kind of tracks and I most certainly do. There’s quite a difference from their previous albums and whilst tracks like ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and ‘Impossible Year’ might not fare with all of their fans, at least they’re exploring fresh new ideas.
The already popular ‘Victorious’ is the perfect opening track, giving the album an explosive start and setting it out in the right direction. This is the song that everyone needs to remind them to chill out and enjoy life – ‘turn up the crazy/shooting fireworks like it’s the Fourth of July’ – and with a drum beat that would make the grumpiest of people want to move it’ll be awesome performed live too. I would challenge anyone to find fault with ‘Victorious’, and if you do you’re probably being super picky and need to heed the lyrics of this song. Also, the music video is absolutely hilarious – what more could you want?
‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ continues this energy and is probably the most fun track on this album whether you can relate to Urie’s scandalous lyrics or not. Similar could be said of ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ and its subtle brass and loud hip hop beats. Even if you don’t like the song, can we take a minute to appreciate the beauty that is Brendan Urie’s falsetto? That note makes the song that much better!
Another well known, feel good favourite comes in the form of ‘Hallelujah’ – the first released single from Death of Bachelor. Anyone who is able (or willing) to not sing along to this song should just stop reading now and go play ‘Victorious’ on repeat till you know how to have a good time. The positivity in this song is simply infectious.
You could say that ‘Death of a Bachelor’ doesn’t really fit into the style of this album as Urie describes it as “very jazzy, very Sinatra esque… but then put it with this beat that sounds like Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love”. Whilst the mood of Death of a Bachelor does alter following this song, its smooth sound still makes it a personal favourite and, in my opinion, one of the better songs musically on the album.
Contrary to popular opinion, I’m not ‘crazy’ about ‘Crazy=Genius’. Sure, its fast tempo and swinging brass is rather impressive, but the song itself seems a tad empty when you get past the excitement of all that. Also, does anyone else hear Aladdin’s ‘Prince Ali’ in this song? The next couple of tracks don’t particularly take my fancy either; LA Devotee is not a bad song at all, but sounds a little too poppy and generic compared to Panic’s usual sound. Saying that, the chorus ‘just another oh oh/just another LA Devotee’ is super catchy. ‘Golden Days’ main selling point is that it allows Urie to show off his vocals in a big way, but I find the song falls a little flat in an otherwise lively album.
With songs like ‘Victorious’ and ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ making a big impact on the album, ‘The Good, The Bad And The Dirty’ could quite easily be overlooked but the song’s attitude and the fact that it’s less of a production than the others definitely makes it one of my favourites. ‘House of Memories’ is a song that by the third listen I realised I wasn’t really into until the second chorus hit. If the entire song sounded like the bridge with its enticing vocals and ending, it would have been far better. Death of a Bachelor’s concluding song continues the Disney-esque vibe as whilst listening, the image of a lonely princess belting ‘Impossible Year’ during the problematic point of the film springs to mind every time. Still just me? Regardless, this is unfortunately my least favourite song on the album and I would have much preferred it to end in the same manner it had begun.
That said, I still sing along to (and already know most of the words of) every song on Death of a Bachelor and think that overall it’s a brilliant work of art. Panic! At The Disco continue to venture into a creativity that many other bands are afraid to. It’s only January and I already know this will end up being one of my favourite albums of the year.