1. Having won a victory; triumphant
2. Opening track of Panic! at the Disco’s new album Death of a Bachelor
3. Status the band has reached once again
It’s been a little more than two weeks since Panic! released their fifth studio album, but interestingly enough, Death of a Bachelor has officially marked the group’s resurgence onto the scene.
A long-feisty force within the alt-rock realm, Panic! has always been one for making musical statements. Captivating and criticized alike, their inaugural double platinum record A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was an immediate cult- and now arguably modern classic. While Vices & Virtues and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! were respectable attempts at recapturing the band’s sass-laden origins (and notoriously twisted placement of punctuation) following Pretty. Odd., they never quite hit the comparable mark.
That said, it seems Death of a Bachelor finally IS the album Brendon has spent the past seven years striving to make; however, there's also perfect sense as to why it's the game changing piece we’ve long awaited.
Drawing writing inspiration from life reimagined, Brendon has cited his newfound chapters of marriage and Los Angeles dwelling as major creative muses. Instead of simply trying to recreate decade-old songs that originally propelled the teenage quartet onto mainstream's map, he translated the foremost forces driving his heart and growing up into a glaringly authentic work of art. Plus, impeccable vocal notes and the rad array of accompanying musical influences leave little not to love as well (Frank Sinatra, anyone?).
So props to you Panic! We’re glad you’ve reinstated the exclamation mark and genuinely found your evolved identity.
Rest assured, we're forever rooting for you.