Panic! At The Disco’s latest album, Death Of A Bachelor, is much better than their previous album. I anticipated the worst, but if you can get past the fact that they, well he, has turned into a full fledge pop act the album is enjoyable. Yes, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, not that Panic! At The Disco ever was, but the type of music he plays is a far departure from the earlier albums.
Death Of A Bachelor was pressed on two variants; red and black. Black is not exclusive to anywhere, it’s available everywhere aside from $hit Topic and will likely be kept in print for the foreseeable future. So no pressing numbers on the black variant. Red is a $hit Topic exclusive, and pressing info for it will likely never be released because they use it as a sales tactic. They simply advertise things as “limited” even though they may not really be limited in the grand scheme of things. $hit Topic has gotten so bad with their overpricing and other terrible business practices that they’re finally beginning to phase out vinyl from their retail stores. Vinyl will be online only, and it won’t be too long before they’re out of the game completely. Odds are their exclusive variants will be slowly phased out over time as well, if they haven’t already begun to do that. And I couldn’t be happier.
Just to further illustrate their terrible business practices, just with this exclusive variant they admitted they oversell things and hold back stock to sell at a later point to drive up sales; sending people into a false panic (no pun intended) because it “sold out” so quick. So once it becomes available for purchase again everyone races to buy it before it “sells out” “again.” A $hit Topic rep came out and said on a public message board that “there is a chance this could sell out before the balance of copies shows up.” That “balance of copies” line is complete BS, it’s their exclusive variant. They don’t have to re-order it and the label/plant is not going to spend more money to send multiple shipments for the same order.
And if that wasn’t enough the same $hit Topic rep assured people the red variant would be put online on release date (for the vinyl version; April 1, 2016) for months (reassuring almost every week after his initial statement in February 2016, whenever anyone asked about it) ahead of the release, and wouldn’t you guess it, it wasn’t. Copies went up for sale on $hit Topic’s website on April 2, yes it’s only a one day delay, but it’s another in a long string of BS from $hit Topic with no end in sight. It’s the same BS over and over. One false advertisement after another. To further illustrate that the same rep also falsely stated that there would be another color variant that would be exclusive to the band, which never panned out. He never corrected, amended or admitted he was wrong, even after it was brought to his attention numerous times. He just ignored it. You can still read his post on the message board, over three months after he said it.
Now to get a back on track, the record comes in a standard single pocket jacket with an insert and download card. The insert has the lyrics, although printed in tiny print, on one side with the reverse side having the credits along with imagery from the cover art. Instead of a dust sleeve on white paper, it’s black paper. There is a light blue hype sticker on the bottom left corner of the cover, with the $hit Topic variant having the color of the record indicated on the hype sticker. The black variant has no color mentioned on the hype sicker. And again, pressing info for either variant has not been released and likely never will be. The download code yields high quality 320 kbps MP3s.