Following the recent announcement of former drummer and founding member Spencer Smith’s departure from Panic! At The Disco, the band has released a new single, “Hallelujah”. In proper P!ATD fashion, this song is unlike anything they’ve done before and has drawn in the attention of new and old Panic! fans alike. Some have even regarded that this new sound has brought back life to the band they had once loved.
Just when we think we’ve heard everything that we could from vocalist Brendon Urie, he surprises listeners with yet another style of vocals. The song provides a far more soulful sound than Panic! fans are accustomed to. While a vocal change to this caliber would normally throw me off guard, I was pleasantly surprised with Urie’s ability to change between styles so fluidly.
The vocals are so much a focal point of this song that for the most part the instrumentation, much of which is simply a backing track of a rhythmic clapping sound, is basically sitting aside to make way for Urie’s voice. The track is also paired with backing vocals repeating “hallelujah!” to heighten Urie’s abilities.
Through “Hallelujah” the band has basically noted to fans that a new era is beginning for P!ATD, while also addressing their love for their devoted fanbase. Near the end of the song, the band even goes so far as to invite their fans on the new journey that Panic! will soon face: “No one wants you when you have no heart and/I’m sitting pretty in my brand new scars and/You’ll never know if you don’t ever try again/So let’s try/Let’s try/Let’s try”. I for one am excited to see what new endeavors Panic! At the Disco will be embarking upon and cannot wait to hear what else they have in store for fans.
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