With the release of their second single “This is Gospel,” I find myself completely overwhelmed by Panic! at the Disco. Not only is this the perfect song to feature off their comeback album, but it’s a reminder of their capabilities.
I’m raving about this song because it’s the first fine piece of art to come out of Panic! in a while. It’s full of charisma and truth, but captivating and raw. It’s different from what they’ve pushed our way – it’s spontaneous. This song exudes confidence in its roughest form.
The song starts with an oddity – an added heartbeat – leading up to the first chorus. The first lyric, “This is gospel/for the fallen ones/locked away in permanent slumber/assembling their philosophies/from pieces of broken memories,” is extraordinarily intriguing. This message of fallen individuals with madness-inspired perceptions is uncommon. How often do we focus on the weird?
With that foundation, the song picks up both in melody and in voice. A lighthearted, “this is the beat of my heart/this is the beat of my heart.” is added to a mixture of drum beats and poppy rhythms. This continues as a message of endurance flexes through. A message of triumph over powerful disdain.
But the chorus is where I find the most beauty. It turns into this song of aggression and mourn. Lyrics like, “If you love me let me go/if you love me let me go/cause these words are knives that often leave scars/the fear of falling apart/truth be told I never was yours/the fear/the fear of falling apart,” really influence my intake of what’s being said. It accounts for a different perspective of the same old issue. Additionally, the music helps determine the intensity. It peaks at the right times, adding emphasis to the correct measures. It’s calm, and suddenly rushes to your ears.
It continues in the same fashion, creating the setting musically as it builds. The next pre-chorus includes another positive giveaway, “don’t try to sleep through the end of the world/and bury me alive/cause I won’t give up without a fight.” It’s sassy and forceful.
The song finishes with a ringing chorus of, “the fear of falling apart,” which I find appealing. I find it symbolic of constantly straining against the idea of letting everything crumble. Repeating your fear to make it disappear. However, perhaps it’s just a clever ending. It ties the song together nicely, settling down musically.
I really can’t get over how fantastic “This Is Gospel” turned out to be. I’m impressed and excited for the rest of Panic! Finally, they have their groove together – you dig?