by Christopher Marinelli
Panic! At The Disco has reformed their sound with their new album, “Death Of A Bachelor,” as it creates a flair of refurbished sounds inspired by great artists such as Sinatra, Queen and Beyoncé.
Panic! At The Disco is the stage name for the one-man band of Brendon Urie, the sole composer of “Death Of A Bachelor.” Despite the young band’s fame and their lineup of members slow departure, Urie has tackled his own musical endeavors head-on and created an album of creativity and innovation.
Prior to the album being released, Urie cited its influences as both a mix of “Sinatra and Beyoncé” and “Sinatra and Queen.”
While Urie’s voice has developed a ballroom power that would suit the smallest pub or the greatest amphitheater, his voice does not capture the true essence of Sinatra’s live voice, profound with empathy and comfort.
Songs such as the title track, “Death of a Bachelor,” and the final track, “Impossible Year,” are direct nods toward Sinatra. “Impossible Year” trials at capturing the descriptive and poetic words of telling a story, but misses the true nature that comes in the brilliant songs of Sinatra.
With all criticism being said, it’s admirable for a musician to reach into their roots and bring the sounds of the great swing age back into a 21st century album, undoubtedly provoking more than a few alternative-rock and pop fans to go rummage through a record shop and start the journey of listening to a golden age of music.
Urie also owns up to the task of blending the theatrical rock of Queen and subtle storytelling of Sinatra. It’s easy to criticize “Death Of A Bachelor” only through the window of Sinatra’s career, despite that not being the goal of the album. “Death Of A Bachelor” kept its word, bringing the theatrics and ballads of Queen into songs such as “Crazy=Genius,” while boasting a noble horns section.
Urie also does what he has always done best in songs such as “Victorious,” the first song to hit Number One on the charts since their debut album’s song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” “Victorious” has the power anthem feel of a sports arena and lyrics infatuated with competition and victory, such as, “Tonight we are victorious, champagne pouring over us,” and “skin as cool as Steve McQueen, let me be your killer king.”
“House Of Memories” nods towards Urie’s new marriage. The song captures the Queen feel with the traditional Urie power singing, boasting lyrics such as, “When your memories become your legacy, promise me a place in your house of memories,” followed by the roaring harmonies of a chorus of vowels.
Overall, “Death Of A Bachelor” is an album worth giving a listen to, and offers more than one track positions in your playlists for months in the future. While the album doesn’t share the timelessness that Sinatra or Queen can boast, it is one of innovation and a noble effort at carrying the torch of creativity forward to the next generation.