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Death of a Bachelor: Brendon Urie pays tribute to PATD

 

2016 sounds like a strange year. After the death of legends such as Bowie and Lemmy, it seems that we are now getting back in the early 2000’s : Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Fall Out Boy and their disastrous collaboration with Demi Lovato and now Panic! At The Disco. For their 5th album, it’s a lonely Brendon Urie who comes back with "Death of a Bachelor".


From 'Victorious' open to the closing hangover it’s just a bunch of sounds, mixing fake electro and trying (failing) to reach the steam-punk and highly awesome atmosphere of its previous albums. Brendon Urie tried to make a personal album, a biopic with his divorce and his music influences. Ironical introspection and Vegas’ Show Biz could have made a great mix but unfortunately, the album sounds flat. Brendon Urie took a sharp turn when he tried to pay a tribute to his idol Frank Sinatra in ‘Death of a Bachelor’ and ‘Crazy = Genius’. That just doesn’t fit him.

 


Listening to the old Panic! At The Disco’s albums is a sweet back in our adolescence, as much as listening to Green Day and all those 2000’s emo-post-punk band. So do we have to listen to it with our teenager’s ears or does the music have to evolve with us? That is the whole point with this album : we grew up and there is no musical progress here. We can miss the old tune such as ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ and ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ and their crazy-emo-punk atmosphere. We just can’t find those specific features which has made their success.


For sure, this is a subjective review, and as I grew up, my musical tastes and expectations have changed. Maybe that is just a matter of perception. This album is a disappointment and that ends the Panic! At The Disco chapter.

Publié par Coline Poidevin le 09/02/2016 à 9h30

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