Las Vegas rock band Panic! At The Disco have released Death Of A Bachelor, the follow up to 2013's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!. The new album, containing 11 songs and running for 36 minutes, begins a whole new era for the band's sound.
The biggest reason for the change is that Death Of A Bachelor was composed entirely by frontman Brendon Urie. He also played all the instruments — vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion — with the exception of the horns. Additional production was done by Jake Sinclair, J.R. Rotem, and Royal.
Panic! has been around for over a decade, but this is the first album recorded without drummer Spencer Smith and bassist Dallon Weekes. Weekes remains a touring member of the band, but explained on Twitter that he is no longer "contributing creatively."
Urie made a statement on the band's official website about the personal nature of making the album:
When I was a little kid and I heard a song I liked on tv, I would jump up and run to the piano to try and figure it out by ear. When I was 10 or 11, I built myself a drum kit in the garage made out of empty laundry detergent buckets, old lawn chairs, paint cans, and old trash cans. Around that time, my parents got me my first guitar. A baby acoustic. I jumped between all of these instruments constantly to satisfy the ideas I heard in my head. At this young age, I realized that music would play a huge part in my life. I had no idea.
Death Of A Bachelor is in honor of those times I spent alone as a kid. Allowing music to consume me. Playing everything myself just to get the idea right and out of my head. It’s a beginning to a new era. And an homage to how it all began.
This album is me. Running to the piano. Building a drum kit. Strumming a guitar.
Some things never change.
Urie took the opportunity to explore and experiment with new sounds. This is evident with the bass-heavy title track, "Death of a Bachelor," which combines jazz, soul, and hip hop influences. People on the internet are even comparing Urie to Frank Sinatra because of his smooth, swinging vocals on the song. The closing track, "Impossible Year," is even more Sinatra-like, since the song only contains voice, piano, and horns — without the modern electro production elements.
The majority of the other songs are closer to Panic At The Disco's older, upbeat, rock style. The opening track, "Victorious," is electrifying and will have you chanting along with the chorus. "Hallelujah" is a fun anthem, with riveting horns, steady drums, and impressive lyrics. It's also a great build up for the next track, "Emperor's New Clothes," another exciting tune with powerful vocals and a booming chorus.
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