One decade, six members, and now what we can call the end of all eras has begun with eleven tracks by the one and not-so-lonely Brendon Urie.
He has solidified himself not just as the lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, but AS Panic! At The Disco. He has taken the band into his own heart and soul, and that is heavily shown in his vocal independence on every song on this record. His golden voice has been highlighted beautifully by his fascinating skills on guitar, bass and drums, and the uniqueness from track to track proves how he can use all those skills to his advantage in many ways.
We first gathered news of Death of a Bachelor in October, when Urie decided to throw out a new song, new music video and – as we can see – a new album. Before the release on 15th January, we had already heard a handful of hits: Hallelujah, Victorious, Emperor’s New Clothes, Death Of A Bachelor, LA Devotee and Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time.
Each of these tracks have been extraordinary, in the usual Brendon Urie way, and just built up the anticipation for this release. We can sigh our relief, Panic! fans: we have been patient and here we are! Hallelujah!
I believe Urie has let go of his band past with recording these songs, and has embraced the theme of new beginnings: he’s the winner, he’s the king, he’s the murderer of his inner bachelor.
Let him gain back the crown, take his seat on the throne, and let’s watch him.
Tonight, he is victorious.
Being a major fan of Urie’s gorgeous, limitless vocals, I admired the tunes where his high notes, long notes and challenging notes were all I could focus on above all else. I then realised the trouble was, that was pretty much all tunes because that man loves to show off.
I would want to show some love for the title track, Death Of A Bachelor, for both the classic/modern mixing sound and the accompanying video. If you should know one thing about Brendon Urie, it’s his love for all things Sinatra; the video shows his aesthetic pleasure of Sinatra. Suited up, alone on stage, in an empty bar, all filmed in a greyscale filter – Urie has come a long way from busting into churches and putting fishbowls on people’s heads. Away from the video and back to the song: I believe it is one-of-a-kind on this record. The lyrics phrase reinvention in the scenario of a bachelor entering a relationship, ending his lonesome life and starting anew with the love of his life. He comments on how much of a difference it can be, closing one chapter and opening another, and how it’s still a feeling to get used to.
Overall, it’s a deep and catchy song to accentuate the tone of the album – so an amazing title track, Mr. Urie. Thank you for that one.
Another song that needs noting is Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time. The song is the theme song for a night out you will forget once you wake up; it sums up when you’re having your “last hurrah”, before having to live steady. I feel it sounds like a prequel story of the previously mentioned track, Death Of A Bachelor, as DTMWAGT could be the crime scene, leading to DOAB being the funeral for the destroyed personality.
The track dabbles into the common party scene in LA, where alcohol is at every corner and these new concoctions with whatever substance in them are being shoved down your throat – but when you are trying to enjoy your night, who cares what they do? That’s the celebrity life before marriage, as if describing the most hardcore bachelor party you would ever attend. I doubt he has ever lived to that extent in his 28 years, but he has witnessed it, and that’s where his documentation comes from. Altogether, one I would call the partier’s anthem of reality. Kudos to Urie for making a vibrant track that shows the pathway to disaster for the regular party goer – and I can’t close this without mentioning the awesome Rock Lobster sample.
The last song I’ll give my love to will be Victorious. As the opening track to this story-full record, it sparks the excitement from the start, once the beat kicks in. I would label it as the life-winner’s song; one to shout out to the heavens when you’re feeling mighty proud of resisting temptation or performing a good deed – what Urie demonstrates in the accompanying music video – and I love that message.
You should always feel strong, feel empowered for doing the smallest things to help yourself, and I think that’s what encouraged its inclusion on this album. Urie is one that is usually free in his actions, nothing pulling him back (can sometimes backfire but I’m sure you can still learn from your mistakes at 28), and he’s getting other people to join in with him in just being glorious in living life day by day.
With the right attitude, anything is a contest to be won. With the right song, Urie can show everyone that is a great viewpoint on life.
How can I sum this up in a small paragraph? This album was just a wonder for the ages.
When your band has left you behind, for personal or musical reasons, you may just forfeit. You say “the magic’s gone” and move on to being solo. Not Brendon Urie. His band is still his, and if he’s not gonna have company to help him, who needs them? Every time the line-up changed, Urie kept his head up high, his voice clear and perfect. Now he’s there, alone, beside himself, and he is not suffering.
Keep singing on, Brendon. Hallelujah!
Written by Joanna Cosgrove