‘The Tempo: ‘Death of A Bachelor’ Album Review


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Frontman of Panic! At the Disco, Brendon Urie, delivers top-notch vocals for every live performance.

‘Death of A Bachelor’, the fifth studio album by Panic! At the Disco, brings us into the album with an electric entrance with a multi-layered pop vibe, but with rock as its core heartbeat. Brendon Urie opens with his immortal belt to get the attention of anyone. ‘Victorious’ is a captivating anthem that will have anyone singing along. This album departs from the cleaner more simplified synth-pop sound, to a more complex and rougher pop-rock album.

The album cover features the image of Brendon Urie on his house’s roof outside the window of his studio with doodling on top.

Panic! At the Disco’s previous album ‘Too Weird to Live, To Rare to Die’ emphasizes the euphoric parties, however, after being married for two years and settling down, Brendon writes more about the hung-over aftermath of these parties, and the existence after the initial euphoria is over. Due to the departing of the final original band member besides himself, Urie is now a solo artist (but still has recurring members play the other instruments on tour, such as Dallon Weekes and Kenneth Harris). Urie takes all creative freedom with this album — stretching from pop-hits, rough rock anthems, to ‘Sinatra-esque’ ballads.

Brendon Urie’s vocals reach new heights on this album as well, reaching the stratosphere during the 4th track, ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’. His live range is technically sound, and never fails to impress, and he received the award for Best Live Vocalist at the first annual Alternative Press Music Awards. Hints are made throughout the album of Sinatra vibes, which makes sense because of Urie’s avid love of ‘Ol Blue Eyes (he even got a tattoo of him). However, the final track on the album is a full on Sinatra-style ballad with simple chord progressions to give Urie the space to soar with his vocals.

The album collectively starts incredibly upbeat with it’s newer pop-rock direction, but also utilizes it’s older styles of synth-pop, to it’s classic pop-punk. With every song written, recorded, and produced by Brendon Urie – he always is able to further prove his artistic creativity and musicianship. As the album progresses, the songs become more nostalgic and slower. Although not the real thing, Urie absolutely emulates Queen as well as Frank Sinatra. He cleverly intermixes very different genres to create the album. ‘Death of A Bachelor’ will have you feeling as on top of the world as Brendon Urie seems to be with the critical acclaim of the album.

Listen to the album here: spotify

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