Any long-time readers of this blog will know that with all the havoc Panic! at the Disco have been creating, a Panic post was inevitable. From sending fans potatoes in the post to giving a flawless live recreation of ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; it’s all accumulated to the third single release from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, out June 22nd. After some Twitter teasing from frontman, Brendon Urie, ‘High Hopes’ was released on Wednesday and is a high spirited, soaring theatrical celebration of accomplishment.
Listen to ‘High Hopes’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKserM-i0_A
It’s no secret Panic! At the Disco struggled when first trying to make it as a band. Even though they seemed to find overnight success when compared to other artists, the band have always been honest about the financial obstacles they faced in the beginning and the continuing difficulty of member losses throughout the years. Yet, both Brendon and Panic! at the Disco have remained major inspirations to people all over the world. These past few years have seen some of Panic’s greatest accomplishments such as the band’s first number one album, Death of a Bachelor, and Brendon’s Broadway debut as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots – no doubt a major contributor to ‘High Hopes.’
‘High Hopes’ is nothing short of an anthem, beginning with an explosion of horns and strings before settling down into the aspirational lyrics of the first verse. The lyrics of the verses are short, sweet and simmering with the potential we know is in all of us, Brendon’s dream like vocals pulling that potential out note by note. Whilst the single evokes a similar sound to Death of a Bachelor it also marks the return of a more Vices and Virtues-esque theme, the verses and pre-chorus a distinctively different mood to the bursting chorus. The rhythm and beat of ‘High Hopes’ continuously climbs, elevating you higher and higher even during the relapse of the pre-chorus that give the song it’s place on a theatre stage. It’s a song celebrating everything that has been achieved thus far but also a reminder that there’s still so much more to aim for. The lyrics are overflowing with inspirational self belief and knowing you’ve got to fail to win. ‘High Hopes’ is like a breath of fresh air despite the pressure the words could conjure, the worrying reminder that there’s still so much you want to achieve. This pressure is eradicated by the upbeat sound and reminder that it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.
The release of ‘High Hopes’ has added to the feel good, reflection, celebratory shape Pray for the Wicked seems to be taking and has only set excitement levels higher for June 22nd.
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