—Isabella Pendleton, Head Social Media Editor—
Panic! At the Disco is a band created in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and no, despite the context clues, they are not a disco band. They are a rock band dedicated to doing front flips on stage and belting out notes that most people can’t even dream of reaching. They released their fifth studio album earlier this year, Death of a Bachelor. However, this album is unlike any of the others that they have released before.
This album’s vocals are different from any of the past albums, in the fact that lead singer Brendon Urie’s vocals are insanely powerful. He has always been a great singer; however, it seemed as if he wasn’t reaching his full potential on past albums. In almost every song on this album, he is belting at the top of his lungs, borderline screaming. Fans of Panic! were genuinely surprised by his growth in vocals; it was as if someone had changed his entire voice overnight.
In the album before Death of a Bachelor—To Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!—there was a song called “This Is Gospel” that was just the tip of the iceberg of Urie’s insane range in voice. This was the most popular song of the album. He wrote the song in dedication to a dear friend of his who was addicted to drugs and everyone desperately tried to help him, hence the lyrics, “If you love me, let me go.”
After knowing the actual meaning behind the song and listening to the rest of the lyrics, or even watching the video, this song is downer. However, this is the only other song not on the new album that really shows off his range. Songs like “Crazy=Genius”, “Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “Victorious” have an endless riffs and belted notes that seem impossible, making the album stand out from the rest; it is arguably the best that has been released by the band.
The lyrics on the songs on Death of a Bachelor are not as dark as the past ones. These lyrics are more about partying, having a good time, and falling in love. In comparison, the past albums were more about struggling in relationships, depression, and finding oneself. However, in this album, songs like “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time,” “The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty,” and “LA Devotee” are all songs about partying and having a good time. For example, “LA Devotee” and “Collar Full” (From the album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!) are two very different songs. “LA Devotee”’s lyrics are talking about enjoying life in LA:
The black magic of Mulholland Drive
Swimming pools under desert skies
Drinking white wine in the blushing light
Just another LA Devotee
Sunsets on the evil eye
Invisible to the Hollywood shrine
Always on the hunt for a little more time
Just another LA Devotee.
Whereas in “Collar Full” Urie sings about how the person he wants to be with isn’t good for him, but he does not care because he just wants the person that much.
Show me your love, your love
Gimme more but it’s not enough
Show me your love, your love
Before the world catches up
‘Cause there’s always time for second guesses, I don’t wanna know
If you’re gonna be the death of me, that’s how I wanna go.
Besides lyrics and vocals, the cover art is different. For example, their first album’s name is A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and the most recent album is called The Death of a Bachelor. Now just comparing the two you can tell a huge difference. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out will remind people of sickness or even death, which is not something someone wants to think about when they are hanging out with friends or at a party. They are more inclined to listen to it if they are in a bad mood or just feeling down.
However, an album name like Death of a Bachelor has to do with not being a bachelor anymore, but a husband. Generally speaking, people tend to relate happiness with marrying your soulmate. The name makes sense simply for the fact that Urie married his girlfriend, Sarah Orzechowski, in 2013, shortly before the fourth album was released. His married life with her was a huge inspiration for the theme of the fifth album, which is evident when listening to it.
Also, comparing the cover art shows a huge difference between the five albums. It sets apart the fifth album from the rest for its use of vivid colors, neon looking lights, and it shows a man (presumably Brendon Urie) laying next to a pool.
The fifth studio album cover, “Death of a Bachelor”
All in all, Death of a Bachelor is completely different than the earlier albums that Panic! At the Disco has put out. Brendon reached a new level of vocal ability, the music was upbeat and happy, and the lyrics are uplifting. The other albums are not bad at all; however, they have definitely set a new level of expectations for themselves for the next album. People everywhere (especially myself) will be not so patiently waiting for the next album to be announced!