Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco - Death of a Bachelor
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #635 / 760
User Score
Based on 265 ratings
2016 Ratings: #559
January 15, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fueled By Ramen / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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While the band’s previous effort still pushed against the boundaries of pop rock, ‘Death of a Bachelor’ just seems to charge headfirst through them with an utter disregard for the consequences. The results are brilliant.

As attention grabbing as a flashing neon sign on the Las Vegas strip, Panic! At the Disco's fifth studio album, 2016's Death of a Bachelor, is a volcano-sized martini glass of emotive, theatrical, genre-bending pop.

A.V. Club

Panic! At The Disco’s audience may perpetually renew itself with fresh teenagers, but Urie is maturing as an artist. He takes a lot of risks on Death Of A Bachelor, all of which pay off.

At the centre of Panic At The Disco’s best album yet is Urie himself. The charisma and eccentricity of the front man, matched by his jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics sees Urie finally become the ringmaster of his own circus.

Urie, an eager sponge of musical influence, doesn’t waste a second; these are lean, tightly written songs with fantastic hooks and memorable riffs.

Entertainment Weekly
Unfortunately, he doesn’t ever capture the glittery theatrics of, say, Freddie Mercury or the impossible cool of Old Blue Eyes.
Rolling Stone
Ten years after getting their start as pointy-haired emo-glam show ponies, Panic! at the Disco are now a vehicle for frontman Brendon Urie, who describes their fifth LP as "a mix between Sinatra and Queen." That means a little more glitzy polish and loads of gloppy decadence.
NOW Magazine
If Urie had fully committed to the concept, the result would've been stronger. The more conventional pop/rock tracks detract from his eccentric impulses and feel like compromises.
Drowned in Sound

Death of a Bachelor is a record that trades on the strength of its choruses and the songs present here are stuffed with hooks to a sometimes suffocating degree.

Consequence of Sound
Essentially, Urie turned this record into a score for his theoretical biopic, and that’s more successful than not. Considering his settling down, that means the album won’t have the aggression or grand drama that might suggest.
The Guardian
The band would do better to substitute some more original melodies for all the wide-eyed, slickly produced gusto.
All this obvious talent of Brendon Urie wasted on making the soundtrack of the lives of 13 year old girls
This should’ve been under the name Brendon Urie, not Panic! At The Disco, this is still good I guess, this was the first record I heard from this band/artist and well, it has its charm, it’s fun at times, good production and it’s a good transition from... whatever the past record was to pop.
It has its flaws, bad songwriting and if someone stumbles upon this album it may feel forgettable to some extent.
I still enjoyed it so 7/10

Favorite tracks: House Of Memories, Death Of A ... read more
I absolutely love this album. Brendon Urie is the grandest he has ever sounded. It has so many quotable lines and it has amazing chorus after chorus. Victorious is the most quotable song on the album. Emperor's New Clothes is a epic dark bop. Crazy=Genius is a fucking swing song lol. LA Devotee is my favorite patd song and the best on the album everything about it is amazing. Hallelujah is my least favorite song on the album, the verses are ok and the chorus is great. My favorite PATD project ... read more
While being fun at times, Death of a Bachelor is a very inconsistent album. The tracks can either be really enjoyable or really boring and forgettable.
It's definitely not the worst I've heard from Panic!, but it's not the best. There are some tracks on here that I really like, but the negatives far outweigh the positives.
There's not really much I can say about it, though. For the most part, this is just plain forgettable with nothing making me want to revisit it.

Favourite Tracks: Emperor's ... read more
Panic at the Disco slowly but surely gets better with each chronological release I listen to but Death of a Bachelor is still largely forgettable and doesn't do much to stand out from any of their previous records. The instrumentals range from bland to overproduced, and Brendon Urie gives the exact same vocal performance on every single track. He sings low in his verses, then screams his lungs out in the chorus to make the song sound more exciting than it actually is. So essentially it's a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Victorious
  2. Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time
  3. Hallelujah
  4. Emperor's New Clothes
  5. Death of a Bachelor
  6. Crazy=Genius
  7. LA Devotee
  8. Golden Days
  9. The Good, the Bad and the Dirty
  10. House of Memories
  11. Impossible Year
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