Panic! At The Disco – Death of a Batchelor

PANIC! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy have the same producer – Jake Sinclair – and you can tell.

Both acts are known to toy with the traditional rock formula and the comparisons between the two really comes across in Panic's latest, Death of a Batchelor.

But describing this fifth album as a rock record does not quite cut it because it is a melting pot of ideas.

After numerous line-up changes since 2004, multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie now singlehandedly makes up the 'band' which has allowed the 28-year-old to experiment freely.

The results are diverse and always interesting.

Death of a Batchelor starts with the punchy Victorious which features big riffs as well as electronic influences. It sounds like a Daft Punk song with the guitars turned up.

Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time crams lots of different sounds into one song and somehow it still flows. There are urban beats and piano-led moments with a catchy bassline.

Title track, Death of a Batchelor, is like a mad cross between Frank Sinatra vocals and Beyonce beats while Crazy = Genius feels like a battle between swing music and punk rock.

The album gets a bit more under control by the end with LA Devotee and The Good, The Bad and The Dirty coming across as more conventional but catchy pop songs.

But Death of a Batchelor has to be one of the most diverse albums of the year. Its only fault is coming across as gimmicky which makes you wonder how well it will age.