As long as Panic! At The Disco have been around, it seems like they have always been grouped into the same category as Fall Out Boy. Much like Hey Monday, VersaEmerge and Meg and Dia were compared to Paramore.
The interesting part about Panic! At The Disco is that I actually feel that for the most part they have shown more versatility and talent than Fall Out Boy throughout the years, but haven’t enjoyed quite the same popularity. I can really only listen to one Fall Out Boy album all the way through these days (From Under The Cork Tree), where is if I am in the right mood, I still enjoy most of what Panic! At The Disco has released throughout their existence.
Death of a Bachelor is the latest from Brendan Urie and the gang and once again they have mostly stuck with what worked for them on A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Although, Pretty. Odd was one of their more critically acclaimed albums, they haven’t really gone back to that folksy inspired sound since and instead have stuck with a more burlesque/harlequin feel.
Death of a Bachelor brings a little more noise and a little more commotion than albums like Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die and Vices and Virtues had, but the album is very much what you would expect from Panic! at the Disco. Fans will love it and for the most part, it’s a pretty solid effort including standouts like “Impossible Year”, “Hallelujah” and the title track.
Personally, I am a bigger fan of Vices of Virtues, as well as Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, but honestly I still very much enjoyed this album. You have to give credit where credit is due and Panic! At the Disco just keep on ticking and keep on releasing enjoyable music.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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