Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Song: Panic! At The Disco's "Hallelujah"

Why this song marks the start of a new era for Panic!
By Marielou Obdeijn

Brendon Urie
After much anticipation, Panic! At The Disco have released a new song called "Hallelujah" on April 20. This song, the first to be released in an era when lead singer Brendon Urie is the last original member of the band, has a completely new sound to it. In the past we’ve seen songs strongly influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Queen, The Smiths, and Fall Out Boy, but this song has stronger musical ties to the song he wrote with Travie McCoy last year and more emphasized pop flair than the band's previous work. Not that anyone is surprised; Panic! is known to change their sound with every new album.
.This song sound like an apology to Panic! fans, possibly an apology for losing most of the original members, or for the the image the band has acquired that is based heavily on smoking and drinking. I think everyone has their own interpretation of what exactly Brendon is apologizing for. An example of this is the verse in which he sings “I was drunk and it didn’t mean a thing, stop thinking about the bullets from my mouth, I love the things you hate about yourself”. This can also be interpreted as if he sings it for a friend or lover, but the letter he wrote when announcing the new video he seems to speak directly the fans, thanking them for standing by him and letting them know how happy they make him.

In the first verse he seems to talk about himself, singing “in a state of emergency, who was I trying to be” while he changes to “just finished a daydream, who were you trying to be” in the second verse. At first he questions himself, asking himself what he was doing and what was going on, but then he questions his fans, the people who usually look up to the band for guidance. He may be giving a message to the fans to think about what they’re doing instead of just blindly following him.  
This song is a promise for the future. Brendon apologizes for some things he may have done in the past, or for songs that might have hurt other people in the way he talked about some things., but he also lets his fans know that he’ll keep on trying and that he’ll keep on making music and be there for his fans. This is why the song ends with “Let’s try”, because he doesn’t want people to give up on his band just yet.

You can buy the song here, and let me know what your thouhts are on this song!