Monday, 22 February 2016

Death of a Bachelor - Panic! at the Disco

I've always been at least a casual fan of Panic! At the Disco. I actually still remember the time I Write Sins Not Tragedies was released, and man – it's still such a tune. The reason why I describe myself as a "casual fan" is simply because I was never invested enough to be devastated when Ryan Ross, Jon Walker and Spencer Smith consecutively left the band. Brendon Urie is doing more than just fine on his own, and he very impressively illustrates that in Panic! At the Disco's newest release called Death of a Bachelor.

To be quite honest, I had only just caught up on the previous release – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die – from 2014 (which is also a great record), when I realised that the next one was already out. Death of a Bachelor is mostly fast-paced with three slower songs (Death of a Bachelor, House of Memories and Impossible Year) thrown into the mix. It clocks in about 37 minutes, and it's addictive. I've caught myself listening to the whole album multiple times a day; I love to listen to it on my way to work, because the first song alone – Victorious – has me levelling up. Perfect song to power walk while lip syncing to it on the street (and have people look at you like you're a lunatic, too)! Same goes for Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time and especially Emperor's New Clothes: What a tune. Great music video, too!

Brendon Urie's range is quite impressive – I understand little to nothing about the technical bits of music and singing, but I love how he can belt out the high nothes and do the low Sinatra-eque (listen: Death of a Bachelor) bits as well. Vocally, I think it's the best Panic! Record yet – maybe together with Vices and Virtues from 2011.

When I first described the record to a friend, I think I said "It's so good, it makes you want to destroy things – but in a good way!", and that's still pretty much my opinion. Since it's so fast-paced with a great beat and lyrics, it's the perfect album for hitting up the gym (oh wow, another sentence I never thought I'd type a few years ago!). I'd actually go as far as to say that even though it was released in January, this will probably be one of my Top 3 albums of 2016 – I think that's quite the claim myself!

Favourite tracks? Pretty much all of them, but if I HAD to narrow it down to 5 ...

Victorious – Hallelujah – Emperor's New Clothes – Crazy=Genius – Impossible Year

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