No need to ‘Panic!’ new music is here

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Story by: Sam Billings, Entertainment Editor

Panic! at the Disco remains one of the biggest alternative bands since 2005, when their debut single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” went to the top 10 on radios. With one original member remaining, “Death of a Bachelor” showcases the individual talent of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie. Filled with powerhouse vocals and the ever-changing sound of Panic! at the Disco, the album sounds like the perfect mix of pop-punk and alternative rock and leaves the listener in awe of how Urie has managed to create 11 unique songs that fans would never skip.

 

“Hallelujah”

The first single off the album immediately starts with horns and Urie singing, “all the sinners, stand up sing hallelujah.” It sounds more pop-punk than the last album, and this song is an obvious testament to that fact, but Urie could probably sing any genre and still make it sound like he’s done it forever. The song talks about loving yourself despite all the bad things people may have done in life, and realizing that other people can act just the same as them. With the upbeat music backing the words, anyone cannot help but believe it.

 

“Death of a Bachelor”

As the song first opens, it seems as if the album switched because it sounds more like an R&B track than anything else. Urie sings of his recent marriage in the terms of things he lost and gained – “a lifetime of laughter, at the expense of the death of a bachelor.” With slow tempo, horns, and the occasional falsetto, Urie keeps listeners hooked through the whole song.

 

“Golden Days”

Like most songs so far, this one sounds like a typical summer anthem. Singing about summertime, polaroids and how time moves way too fast. However, unlike most of the similar songs, Urie keeps it interesting by keeping the music very slow and quiet in place of a booming beat until the end of the chorus. His usual powerhouse voice sounds slightly contained until this point, but when he decides to use it, he uses it. All the promises of “the memories [they made] will never change” adds to the idea that Urie will never forget his lover and their summer romance.

 

“Impossible Year”

The closing track will probably bring tears over more than just the fact that the album ends in three minutes. A simple piano song with Frank Sinatra sounding vocals almost makes it sound like a classic love ballad, until you listen to the lyrics. Urie sings of “only black days and sky grey, and clouds full of fear” and other things along those lines. The entire song sounds reminiscent of “My Favorite Things” from the “Sound of Music,” except instead of everything wonderful like puppies and ribbons, everything seems awful and Urie only reinforces it with his deep baritone voice. Since every other song was upbeat and encouraging, Urie takes this last opportunity to remind everyone that yes, the world is awful.