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Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco - Death of a Bachelor
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #656 / 763
User Score
Based on 372 ratings
2016 Ratings: #615
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.

Alternative Press

For all of its precocious, borderline bratty moments, Death Of A Bachelor is a remarkably nuanced affair.

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.

Spill Magazine

While they’re seemingly content with their stunted growth, a full foray into entirely new territory, such as that of Pretty.Odd., is really the only chance they will have to make real waves again. For now, though, Death Of A Bachelor is satisfactory.

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.
The Observer

Death of a Bachelor is hollow and shapeless.

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
Guilty Pleasure
I think that this album has to be their best album yet. All of the music is great and sounds amazing all together. This album didn’t get that much attention and it deserved so much more. Panic! At the Disco definitely has gotten so much better over the years and you can tell. I loved the album and I can’t wait for more albums.
its catchy
Death of a Bachelor is a unique twist in the Panic! discography. Almost entirely produced and performed by Brendon Urie. Whilst the album starts off with forgettable party songs, it progresses to interesting and quirky produced tracks that last throughout the record. The title track, Emperor's new Clothes and LA Devotee are ear candy singles. Lastly the record closes with some strong deep cuts like Golden days and Impossible Year. The horns are nicely mixed in the tracks, the multi layering ... read more
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Year End Lists

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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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