Panic! at the Disco – “Death of a Bachelor”

Written as a send-off to lead singer Brandon Urie's days of being a single man, "Death of a Bachelor" is sonically a far cry from the band's previous efforts. The rock sounds take a back seat for a jazzy instrumental and Brandon Urie crooning like Frank Sinatra while backed by a trap beat. This fusion of genres probably hurt its mainstream appeal, as the song never got past #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it did reach #11 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and the song doper than it gets credit for. Really enjoyed hearing this one when it was on regular rotation on SiriusXM. Should go back and check out the rest of this album.

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Justin Timberlake – “Man of the Woods” Review

Torn between the worlds of pop and country, Man of the Woods fails to pull them all together. Beneath the cheese that permeates throughout, I think there are good songs here that got drowned by genre creep. Had he just made a set of pop songs and a set of country songs, the end results would have turned out better. Not saying that the mash-up can't be done, but Justin's effort fell way short. In his catalogue of hit songs and albums, I'd expect this one to be swept under the rug in no time.

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When it comes to playing the guitar, one of the reasons I still suck despite the years I've put into the instrument is that I haven't really put in the time to play a song well from beginning to end. I'll learn what chords a song uses, learn how to play those chords, then mess around with the progression and strumming a bit before calling it a day. If I were then put on the spot to play that song, I would sound horrible. While I could say to myself I knew how to play the song in theory, but the execution wasn't even close. Because of this, I decided to change my approach. Instead of dabbling in a number of different songs, I'm currently focusing on mastering one song. That song is "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.