Probably the most long awaited blog post I have been patiently waiting to do, but at last it has arrived. With the release of film Suicide Squad hitting cinemas last week, and with the soundtrack to the film coming together nicely, along with the release of the film itself, the studio version of Panic! At the Disco’s favourite cover song of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was finally made public to listen to and featured on the soundtrack alongside other artists such as Twenty One Pilots who I have mentioned numerous times recently in blog posts which you can check out whilst here. However the limelight is all on Panic! At the Disco today as I proceed to give you guys my musical thought for the studio version of the song.
Beginning off in the early stages of the song and it is clear that the speed and tempo of the song is very slow and elongated which I do enjoy simply because it allows Urie’s voice to be very crisp and concise. Because of this, the tempo influences Urie’s vocals allowing every single note in his very strong, outstanding vocal range to be heard, therefore definitely proving that this is a studio version of the famous song and very much differentiating it from the live version.
In contrast to my previous point, I was extremely glad to hear that Brendon’s usual instrument played for this song the piano was highly featured throughout the entire studio track. I believe that Brendon probably took much more oppitunity of the fact that this was studio recorded and the instrumentals, which was on full display with his piano playing capabilities being demonstrated in the song and paired with his vocals, these two elements alone could of been the only things needed to actually make this song just as elfantly powerful.
However later on in the song, the moment where all the instrumental, vocals and effects keep on building up, this moment in the whole song for me was just a tad too overworked. I totally understand and appreciate that Panic! more than likely wanted to use the studio environment to their advantage, incorporating as many effects and instrumentals as possible to make this song fit in with the eerie aesthetic of Suicide Squad the film, wanting to make it come across very powerful and aggressive. When listening to this section, my ears were completely overwhelmed with all these different things all at once and it ended up coming across a bit too messy and overpowering to be honest and comparing it to minuets ago at the softness during the intro and first verse it seemed such a big leap from then.
Overall there are so much positives to this brand new never heard before version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but on the flip side, there are numerous downfalls also. Looking at the full picture, I do really like the studio version with Urie’s vocals and piano defiantly being the main contender, however they were slightly compelled with the overworked vocal effects featured later on in the song and disappointingly hardly no high notes were heard. Despite this if I do ever find myself coming back to listening to this song, the negative aspects will never stop me from singing along to the studio version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ covered by Panic! At the Disco.
As always if you have heard this song , any song from the soundtrack to Suicide Squad and even if you have been to watch the film in cinemas like myself, let’s definitely converse everything to do with Suicide Squad down in the comments below this. I’m definitely up for a conversation about the film or its soundtrack album anytime.