Panic! debuts at no. 1 spot


Cover art for Panic! At the Disco’s new album

For the first time in the band’s history, Panic! At the Disco scored a number one album on the Billboard Top 200 after releasing their latest creation “Death of a Bachelor” which debuted earlier this month. This is a well-deserved accolade considering this album artfully incorporates the unique blend of genres heard on earlier albums while simultaneously appealing to the world of mainstream pop music.

Panic! At the Disco, has managed to master the art of staying relevant after ten years, while holding on to their dedicated fan base and attracting newcomers. This hasn’t been so easy given the criticism the band has garnered for changing genres on every album. There have also been numerous lineup changes – what started off as a band of four, has been reduced to just front man Brendon Urie. With Urie being the main content creator having to figure out the ever-changing sound, some worried that Panic! At the Disco might be losing what made them a staple in the hearts of sad 12-year olds who went on to be cynical 20-somethings. Those naysayers couldn’t have been more wrong. There’s a reason Panic is one-third of the affectionately named Holy Emo Trinity.

The title track is reminiscent of an era ruled by Frank Sinatra, which isn’t surprising since everything from Urie’s fashion sense to his body art is heavily influenced by the classic crooner. Urie said himself that the track was styled as though “Beyonce and Sinatra made a song together.”

The albums only ballad “Impossible Year,” sounds like something one might hear in a high-quality stage production of a play about the struggles of everyday life.

In an interview with Billboard, Urie said he also “did some operatic Queen stuff” by channeling his inner Freddie Mercury, showcasing an impressive 4-octave vocal range on songs like “Victorious” and “Emperor’s New Clothes.” Even more impressively is the fact that he was the main writer for all the songs, did his own background vocals and played every instrument on the album other than the horns.

The only downfall is that two of the songs “LA Devotee” which is rather ordinary compared to the other songs, has a similar beginning to “House of Memories.” However, both songs are catchy and so it probably wouldn’t discourage Panic fans from listening to the whole thing, multiple times in a row.