Don’t panic! The new album is out

Cooper Doyle

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Debuting with instant emo-in-a-good-way classic, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Panic! has certainly changed over the last ten years.

But that’s one of the things I like about them. They’re more than willing to evolve and experiment, while still having their own feel.

They followed up Fever with Pretty. Odd., an album long tribute to the Beatles.

That was in turn followed by Vices and Virtues, which was more of a return to the pop-punk influences of Fever.

But Panic! played switched genres again with Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. A tribute in part to the band’s hometown of Las Vegas, and an experiment in more electronic/party music.

And now Panic! has shifted genres again with Death Of A Bachelor, their latest album.

But perhaps “shifted genres” aren’t quite the right words to use, because almost every song seems to create some sort of new feeling and be influenced by a different genre.

Which isn’t to say the album is a mess at all, it does manage to be coherent, it just also manages to have range, which is really only a positive as far I’m concerned.

From the unabashed fun of “Victorious” to the gospel vibe of “Hallelujah” to the bittersweet title track and the melancholy of “Impossible Year”, “Death Of A Bachelor” has a good variety of styles that manage to come together.

Off setting the variety of styles is a constant of brokenness tinged with hope of redemption, creating a sort of theme for the album.

But really Death Of A Bachelor should be sought out for its impressive range of great songs with different influences, but manage to come together to make a great album.

Significant Songs: “Hallelujah”, “The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty”, “Impossible Year.”