Panic! At The Disco: Death Of A Batchelor Album Review

February 10, 2016

 ~ yes, the album is SIGNED ~

Up until maybe a year ago, I'd never listened to Panic! At The Disco. I mean, I'd heard of them, but I thought they were like Slipknot and Black Veil Brides, aka not my cup of tea. That was that, until my little sister started to listen to them. She'd run round the house shouting IF YOU LOVE ME LET ME GOOOOO and at first, I thought she'd been listening to a Frozen parody. It turns out she had in fact been listening to an American rock(ish) band who had nothing at all to do with Frozen and that's all it took for me to start listening to all the singles. Then all the latest album tracks. Then even more of the old album tracks. Then watching lives, watching Brendon Urie slowly lose all of his band members and watching my little sister get even more hyped up for their next album.. which is what I'm holding in my hands right now.

Track By Track Review:
Victorious is definitely the most radio friendly track on the album, with a high note at the beginning that I didn't think could come out of a humans' mouth, let alone come out of somebody's mouth live half way through a action packed set at a festival, which I'm sure is a testament to Brendon Urie's talent. It's pretty poppy and catchy as hell - so a great listen. Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time also has a catchy beat (who am I kidding, most of the album is sing along worthy) and is a damn good alarm as it starts off quieter before slamming straight into ALRIGHT ALRIGHT - aka the time my brain knows it needs to wake up and get out of brain pronto. Hallelujah was the buzz single from the album, and was the first new thing to hit my ears since my introduction to P!ATD a year ago, and I was pleasently surprsied. A gospel song this is not, but as a buzz single I was very happy with it, and as I'm one of those weirdos who loves to analyse the movement from one era of a band to another, I thought the continuation of the religion arc was very nifty.

Emperor's New Clothes is one of those songs that if I'd have listened to it a year ago, I'd have turned the CD player off in disgust as to me, it's the perfect epitome of early noughties pop punk, something I didn't touch as Cheryl Cole didn't endorse it (Love Machine by Girls Aloud on the other hand....) Death Of A Bachelor makes Urie sound like a jazz singer. Well, maybe a Michael Buble version of a jazz singer anyway, or any pop singer trying to sound like they sing jazz. But it's good, it's really good, it's a song you can imagine being sung at one of the 1940's themed weekends you see dotted around the country, it makes the previous song sound even more pop punk as they're just so different, and I can see the Beyonce influences within the track.

I swear that a song from the Disney theme parks has the same tune as Crazy=Genius, which is why I physically can't take it seriously without thinking of Mickey Mouse dancing to the song, even though the track features swearing and references to drugs and the like. But apart from that, it's a fast paced few minutes of music that doesn't last a second longer than it should, which is fab. LA Devotee, just like the previous song, reminds me so much of Disney, which is hilarious as I'm sure that isn't what I'm meant to think when I listen to a Panic! At The Disco album. It's highly repetitive and that works to its advantage, and it's one that I can sing in the shower as it hasn't really got any high notes in it either, which means people don't have to listen to me attempting said high notes. Maybe there is hope for humanity after all.

Golden Days is just kind of there, and I don't really have an opinion on it. Boo. The Good, The Bad And The Dirty would sound fabulous at festivals with it's 'oooooo's and 'aaaaaah's all the way through the damn song. House Of Memories on the other hand is one that I keep singing around the house and is one I really like, maybe because of it's electronic influences or dark undertones whilst also staying kind of upbeat in tone... it's a song I can picture a storyline with after only one listen, as its intentions are so clear the second the first note rings out.

To finish the album off, we have Impossible Year, and if I'm perfectly honest with you, I completely forgot this one existed. Once again, this is highly influenced by Beyonce and Elvis Presley, and has a jazz undertone, showing off Brendon's vocal capabilities. As a conclusion to the album, I can consider it in two different ways. At first glance, it's kind of boring and is one I can swiftly zone out of if I'm not careful. Yet on the other hand, it's a track that rounds the whole album off and pulls a kaleidoscope of different musical influences together within the space of 3 minutes. But if this album acts in the way I intend it to be, aka sweet background music, it's not a good ending to a rather good album. Boo.

Overall, I would give this album 7/10.
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