Panic! At The Disco – Hallelujah
By Joanna Cosgrove
With it being about 18 months since the release of the band’s fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, Panic! At The Disco have finally returned from their short break.
With a new masterpiece which, as every “era” had done before, rebuilt their standards for their pop-punk sound and what their overall signature sound would predictably be for the album to be released.
While keeping at the electro-punk sound, fully introduced in 2013’s Too Weird To Live, the band had brought it to a bright area with “Hallelujah”. The introduction of a soft drum-roll and symphony of horns suggests a new mix of R&B/soul elements – fitting well in the holy title – and singer Brendon Urie’s vocals add a vibe that we can all pray to.
Supporting his lead is what replicates a gentle gospel choir throughout the song, mostly indicated in the chorus, which was never a common sound in the punk scene that Panic! have settled home in – a hit or miss is always made with adding extra out-of-genre elements but with this, I think the band have proven that their risk was taken and worth it for this uplifting track.
The Urie-penned song speaks of admitting sin and accepting yourself and your mistakes – the theme making it personal to Urie himself, who was raised in a Christian household – and the religious tones speak out in the heavenly harmonies of the tune. It’s soulful whilst powerful; hitting the heart with every beat of the drum.
“Hallelujah” is a welcome comeback from the band, and just in time too. A decade after the release of the band’s early track “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, this shows how the group have grown and matured. They have tackled with criticism, losses (even recently with the departure of drummer Spencer Smith), and now it seems that all mistakes have been fixed.
All has healed and rested – it’s time for the resurrection, and I’m raising my hands as I chant “Hallelujah”.