Published On: Sun, Jan 17th, 2016

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor review – hollow and shapeless

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor review – hollow and shapeless” was written by Paul Mardles, for The Observer on Sunday 17th January 2016 08.00 UTC

Since Panic! at the Disco’s last album, 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, the former emo pin-ups have lost two band members, making this fifth LP a solo set by singer Brendon Urie in all but name. Perhaps he would have benefited from some outside help for, as befits an album Urie has described as a cross between Queen and Frank Sinatra, Death of a Bachelor is hollow and shapeless. Though operatic pop-punk is the dominant sound, here and there Urie affects a Vegas croon (the Radio 2-friendly title track; Impossible Year, in which he dissects an old relationship), indicating a desire to reinvent himself as an edgy Michael Bublé. It’s unlikely to pay off.

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