December 6, 2016

Listicle

The 20 Best Albums of 2016

#1Panic! at the Disco, 'Death of a Bachelor'

With fifth studio album Death of a BachelorPanic! at the Disco experienced a slew of firsts. Not only was it the band's first No. 1 record, but it's also the first to be helmed entirely by frontman Brendon Urie, the only founding member left in the Las Vegas outfit. The result is a fascinating, introspective record that should satisfy longtime pop-punk fans and widen their aperture of what PATD represents today. Lead single "Hallelujah" has classic Panic! quirk, but Urie unleashes an impressive falsetto on the LP's title track and, most remarkably, channels Frank Sinatra's crooning on LP closer "Impossible Year" to truly hammer in that he's a frontman to be reckoned with and has a lot more to prove. Jeff Benjamin

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