Death Of A Bachelor


Tifany Chu, Opinion Editor

On January 15, 2016, Panic! At the Disco decided to do the world a solid by dropping their fifth album Death of A Bachelor. According to Billboard, within the first week, the album sold more than 190,000 copies, placing it on the top of the Billboard 200 and making it the band’s best first week album sales. This album is really impressive and might be their best one yet.

Since 2004, Panic! At the Disco has been defining the emo-rock genre. What started out as a 4 person group, dwindled to just 1. Brendon Urie, the sole member of the group, is in a word, god. The album contains so many different genres of music, showcasing Urie’s amazing and adaptable vocals. Apart from being the lead vocalist, Urie also played the majority of the instruments featured on the album, including but not limited to: the guitar, bass, drums and even did his own backup vocals. This is much like when you are assigned a group project then everyone flakes and you have to do everything yourself.

The lead single from the album “ Hallelujah” made me religious again. In the song, PATD is asking “all the sinners to stand up and sing Hallelujah” and it couldn’t be more applicable. I cannot stress enough how catchy this song is. All 6 instruments featured on this song were played by Brendon Urie. However, with this tune, the band extends its departure from emo-rock to more mainstream pop.

In my opinion, the best song on the album is the titular song, Death of a Bachelor. The song is wildly different from the rest of PATD’s past music, incorporating some Jazz elements. But as usual, PATD can do no wrong and this song is also a rager. “ While the bachelor may be dead, his music is not.” said Junior, Allyson Goodman when asked about her thoughts on the album.

Overall, I am very impressed by the quality of music that PATD is still able to produce despite only having one member. Death of A Bachelor is really great and you should go buy it on iTunes right now!