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Panic! At The Disco’s new album leaves the angst behind

Panic! At The Disco’s popularity is increasing as the years go by. Teenagers are drawn to their mainstream pop-rock vibes.

Panic! At The Disco released its newest album, “Death of a Bachelor,” in the middle of January. Its last album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!,” produced in 2013, was nominated for the World Music Award’s World’s Best Album.

Brendon Urie is creating new music at a fast rate, and the new album shows what he has to offer to the music industry. Urie is experimenting with Panic! At The Disco, taking it away from its past emo noise and hyping it up.

“Death of a Bachelor” is something you’d find in an older teenager’s room; Urie’s left the angst behind along with the former band members. “Emperor’s New Clothes” takes the cake with piecing the album together. Other popular tracks on the album, “Victorious,” “LA Devotee” and “Golden Days,” bring a blend of dance and emotional value to the album.

Urie’s vocal range has improved over the years; he’s able to add to the uplifting beats of the tracks.

Listening to the difference between Panic! At The Disco in 2011 and Panic! At The Disco in 2016 is refreshing. Panic! At The Disco hasn’t lost its touch after 12 years, even though the group’s style has changed over the years. Back when the band consisted of members Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Jon Walker and Urie, the group’s albums were filled with electronica and alternative rock. Not only are the song titles longer and more complex on the older albums, but they also have instrumentals that are easy to dance to.

These tracks are catchy and the beats are refreshing. The track “Death of a Bachelor” is jazzy, something old fans of Panic! At The Disco aren’t accustomed to when it comes to the band. The track has a Sinatra-like feel to it; it’s not hard to tell that Urie was influenced by him when producing the song.

Each song is its own masterpiece. No two songs sound the same on the album, with slow-paced songs like “Impossible Year” and “Death of a Bachelor” paired next to fast-paced, ramped-up songs such as “The Good, The Bad and The Dirty.”

Growing up listening to Panic! At The Disco, I’ve had my opinions on which albums are the best. I started listening to them 10 years ago when I saw them on a cover of a J14 magazine after realizing they were the band that was seen constantly on MTV with the hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” My favorite is “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” which Panic! At The Disco produced in 2005, purely because of the long track titles and the electronica dance rock.

Coming back and listening to them again is easy when you have this album. It’s refreshing to have pop that isn’t fully composed of catchy lyrics.

Panic! At The Disco has proven that it’s still got it after all these years with “Death of a Bachelor.” This album was unexpected, and it reached beyond my expectations.

Jordon Krivonos is a junior at Kenmore West High School.