Panic! at the disco is a solo outfit for Brendan Urie these days, at least creatively. Over the past decade Urie has seen band mates come and go, mostly go. For the fifth Panic! album though, I have to say that it doesn’t really matter at this point. Urie has hit a new stride as a song writer and the fifth Panic! at the Disco album is essentially the best Panic! at the Disco album.
The new album, titled “Death of a Bachelor” sees Urie honing in his own stylish version of pop rock and taking it to a completely different level than what we’ve heard from him in the past. It’s a new sound that’s slightly influenced by an older era of music – think Rat Pack/Crooner era – with modern music that’s heavily influenced by 80’s pop. It’s a style that’s all its own and evolution for Panic! at the Disco that’s a blast to listen to. The sound and the style of the music is tremendous, but you can’t discredit Urie’s songwriting here. He wrote an album that’s filled with terrific melodies and he brings them to life perfectly with his distinct vocal.
Ten years ago if you would have told me that Panic! at the Disco would release an album that would become one of my favorites I would have laughed in your face. That’s not so true now. “Death of a Bachelor” isn’t just a good album, it’s an essential listen for 2016.