Panic! At The Disco has branched out with their most recent album, “Death Of A Bachelor”. This album was written in response to the the vocalist, Brendon Urie’s wedding. The album was released last year, and has had an over all positive response. In this album, the pop punk band stretches out with new sounds and creative themes in their songs.
The first track, “Victorious”, is one of the party songs on the album. It a song full of energy and is a very fun song as well. It celebrates being successful and, well, victorious. To me, it seems like an over all celebration of life.
Second, “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time”. This song is a little bit confusing in its meaning. It is very similar in its meaning to “Victorious”, in a way.It is another celebration song, but more on the subject of being young and partying. Definitely not one of their better songs, but it still is very catchy and enjoyable to listen to”.
“Hallelujah” is the third track on the album. This song actually has to do with Urie’s spirituality. For those of whom do not know, Brendon Urie grew up in a Mormon family. So he does have some connection to God, even if it isn’t reflected in the life style he has chosen, straying away from the religion itself. But that is a major theme of the song; knowing you’re not perfect and accepting it, not letting it bring you down.
Next up is “Emperor’s New Clothes”, the fourth track on the album. This is where Panic! really branched out with the sound of hip hop, instead of the usual pop punk/rock sound. The song is very unclear in the meaning. Yet it is very hard to get out of your head once you hear it. I believe its message is rising back to the top after you have been down for some time.
For the fifth song, the actual song “Death Of A Bachelor”. Many people hear it on the radio and do not fully understand the meaning. It sounds like a very depressing song at first, but when you understand the lyrics it is a happy song. It is all about the death of his bachelor self as he is about to get married, ultimately killing his bachelor self.
Sixth is “Crazy = Genius”. This song is literally about him correlating insanity and intelligence, and saying that he has both, making them equal. The chorus does make the song explicit, so I will not quote it. But it basically says that he has to be insane if he is smart, and smart if he is insane.
The seventh track is “LA Devotee”. This is one of their instant hits off the album. The song tells about his wife being a stereotypical LA Devotee, but there is nothing that he would change about her regardless.
Eighth is “Golden Days”. This song has to do with holding onto a time slowly fading away, but how he will not let this happy time go.
Ninth is “The Good, The Bad, And the Dirty”. Another cryptic song, I believe it is to say, “If you’re going to hurt me, you better follow through with it. But it still won’t affect me.”
The tenth track is “House Of Memories”. This song is talking about wanting to be remembered when a friend (or possibly his lover) becomes successful. Along with that is saying that when this person becomes successful, he really wants to be viewed in the same way he was viewed before by this person.
The final track is “Impossible Year”. This song is a slow and steady tune, which perfectly concludes a more up-beat album. It shares many characteristics to “Death Of A Bachelor”, with a sad tone. It is talking about possibly a past relationship failing. It is a twist to the happy parts of the album. It is a very artistic way to end the album, and is very memorable.
In conclusion, I am very impressed with the album as a whole. I’ve never been a Panic! super fan, but I still think that it is a very impressive album and makes me want to invest more time into the band of a front man and the main touring members. One thing I would change is possibly adding more clear meaning to the songs. But other than that, I cannot find many flaws with the album. I definitely believe it is worth the purchase of the album, and worth at least checking out.