A Pop-Punk Musical
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Rocks Like: Fall Out Boy, Queen, and a dash of Frank Sinatra
Recommended Track(s): Hallelujah, Victorious, Emperor’s New Clothes, Death of a Bachelor
Death of a Bachelor is the theatrical, genre-crossing pop-punk vision of Panic! At the Disco’s front man Brendan Urie. Peak at the liner notes and you’ll see, modern Panic! is no longer a band, but a solo act being kept alive by our favorite emo eccentric. Read on!
The album opens with “Victorious,” a pop-rock anthem that’s filled with energy, and begging to be the next addition to your party playlist. This track was also co-written with Weezer’s lead singer Rivers Cuomo. What a coincidence considering the upcoming Panic!/Weezer tour! That’s right, the tour we’ve all been waiting for is finally happening. Check out the details here!
The catchy chorus of “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time,” “Champagne, cocaine, gasoline, and most things in between,” is sure to become the next go to senior quote (Just kidding, please don’t do that). This track, along with “The Good, the Bad and the Dirty,” best represent a marriage between Urie’s new operatic vision and the early Panic! At the Disco style.
As a huge fan of Tim Burton, I was thoroughly pleased with “Emperor’s New Clothes.” If you haven’t seen the music video yet, you can check it out here! When the bridge hits you, it’s nearly impossible not to immediately think of the Nightmare Before Christmas.
The gospel-inspired track, “Hallelujah,” leaves you with a feeling of liberation. The entire record itself radiates a sense of freedom and transformation into a new being.
In other words, it’s the “Death of a Bachelor.” The album’s title track flawlessly embodies the theme of the whole record, while reminding us of Brendan Urie’s incredibly wide vocal range. Urie himself describes this record as, “a mix between Sinatra and Queen.” Honestly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
If you couldn’t hear the Sinatra influence in “Death of a Bachelor,” it’s definitely apparent in the closing track “Impossible Year.” This ballad feels like the ending of a Broadway play. I don’t know about you, but I sure am ready for Death of a Bachelor: The Musical! Let us know what you think…Do you miss the old Panic! At the Disco, or are you ready for Brendan Sinatra to take the stage?
- Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
- Emperor’s New Clothes
- Death of a Bachelor
- LA Devotee
- Golden Days
- The Good, the Bad and the Dirty
- House of Memories
- Impossible Year