The Worst Song of the Year: Taylor Swift ft. Panic! At The Disco - ME!
You'll know me for singing the praises of Urie's 2016 album Death of a Bachelor as one of the best I've heard and I wholeheartedly stand by that. But good god, this flirtation with pop music has gone way too far. Between the uninteresting follow up album Pray for the Wicked, collaborating with Juice Wrld, and performing the lead single from fucking Frozen 2, Panic!'s fall from grace has been rapid and heartbreaking. I genuinely thought that this solo direction for them was going to yield some incredible results, no longer trying to keep the 2006 emo sound on life support. How wrong I was. And here we have what may as well be the final nail in this coffin. Here, Urie is relegated to serve as a crutch for Swifts decade long stint of not realising she is the problem in literally every relationship she is a part of. The dead horse is beaten once again as the pair declare that there is nobody like them, whilst they explain that its their egotistical outlook and possessive attitude that caused the breakdown of this hypothetical relationship.
Outside of this unearned message of self love and confidence by way of narcissism, the question really is 'Who is this for?'; It's not for fans of Panic!, who have now gone three years without any music of real depth. It's not for Taylor Swift fans, who seem more supportive of a confrontational 'girls rule, boys drool' song. It's not for general pop fans, who have found more interesting themes from Billie Eilish and Post Malone this year. The question remains: Who is this for?
Fucking idiots, one would assume.
The Best Songs of the Year
5: Hobo Johnson - Typical Story
4: Slipknot - Unsainted
3: Daichi Miura - Blizzard
2: Don Broco - Half Man Half God
1: Biffy Clyro - Balance, Not Symmetry
The Worst TV Show of 2019 - Gentleman Jack
And can we please have a historical drama that doesn't think it invented sex? Despite the fact that there was an opportunity to have a proper exploration of progressive sexual ideals and the baselessness of harassment based on gender or sexual orientation, the text boils down to "man bad, woman good" levels of debate and seems to present same-sex relationships as a new invention. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for inclusion and representation, and if those demographics loved this, then fair enough. What I'm not for is bad scripts that fail to deliver on Lister's character in a fully realized period world and Mary Sue-ing one of the most interesting women in British history.
The Beeb and HBO can do so much better than this lazy excuse for a historical drama.
The Best TV Shows of 2019
5- What We Do In The Shadows
4- Good Omens
3- The Mandalorian
1- The Umbrella Academy
The Best Life Event of 2019 - I'm Engaged!
That's your lot. Go away, 2010's. Ironically, the 2020's is the decade where I leave my 20's and enter my 30's, which is slightly scary. And it's inaugural year is the one I'll get married in, the year the MCU shows comes to Disney+, and presumably the year in which Biffy release another studio album. What's not to love?