Over a decade ago, Panic! At The Disco released one hell of a debut album with 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. The album included 13 powerful tracks with intelligent lyrics (and very long titles) such as “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” and “Build God, Then We’ll Talk”. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out is classic required audio – phenomenal engineering and great songwriting resulting in an album of very likable tracks. In other words, the band’s debut album can do no wrong – every song is good.
Since 2005, Panic! At The Disco has remained constant, with vocalist Brendon Urie remaining at the helm and an unwavering sound that has not changed despite the departure of more than a few members. Yet the success of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out has yet to be replicated in the band’s subsequent releases, 2008’s Pretty. Odd., 2011’s Vices & Virtues and 2013’s Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!.
Enter the January 15th 2016 release of Death Of A Bachelor – the band’s fifth studio release. Not to disparage other albums from the band’s discography, however echoing A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Death Of A Bachelor seems to be the first Panic! At The Disco album released since 2005 that has the potential to live up to it.
Required audio because of powerful, innovative genre-bending tracks including “Victorious”, “LA Devotee” and “Emperor’s New Clothes”, required audio because of the quirky Sinatra-esque appeal of the title track “Death Of A Bachelor”, and definitely required audio for sampling The B-52’s vintage alternative hit “Rock Lobster” on the track “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” – Death Of A Bachelor is the perfect new album to kick off 2016!