Panic at The Disco

January 16, 2016 by  

Panic at The Disco, When Panic At The Disco’s drummer and founding member Spencer Smith left the group last year, some speculated that frontman Brendan Urie’s next outing would be a solo one. The other musicians who formed Panic!’s original recording lineup had all departed before Smith, so what other option did Urie have? To become a one-man band?

Well, yes, sort of. The album notes for Death Of A Bachelor (two and a half out of four stars), out Jan. 15, inform us that Panic! At The Disco now is Urie – as, say, Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails. Certainly, Urie’s voice and vision have been central to Panic!; now free to pursue that vision independently, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has turned for inspiration to a very famous pop singer of yore, one who would have celebrated his 100th birthday last year.

It turns out that Urie has been a Frank Sinatra fan since childhood, and has cited the Chairman of the Board as one reference point for Death; long-established Urie/Panic! fave Queen is another. So, presumably, is marriage: Urie took the plunge in 2013, giving up his solo status in that arena – though the romantic ambivalence and irreverence of certain lyrics here are bound to stoke the imaginations of some heartbroken fans.

Urie has enlisted a horn section for the album, and he uses it exhaustively. The instruments blare over guitars and synth on the power-pop single Victorious; they surge atop a gospel-flavored chorus (and more guitars) on Hallelujah; they embellish the rock bombast of House of Memories and The Good, The Bad and The Dirty.

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