My Chemical Romance
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge


3.5
great

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
July 4th, 2008 | 100 replies | 16,030 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emo/Punk/Goth/Rock band overcome average musicianship & similar pacing to improve on debut by adding impressive vocals & hooks that show potential for crossover appeal.

There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs relating to roller-coasters. When most people ride them for the first time and are asked their opinion of it afterwards, they are likely to give you very little detail. They are too busy simply experiencing the ride, as the fast pace never lets one settle in & take in the nuances. However, on subsequent attempts at the same ride, many will indeed begin to appreciate them for their real quality, no matter what the said person’s criteria are. On occasions, the same can be said for albums. And so we have My Chemical Romance’s 2nd album (and major label debut) ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’.

Many may disagree, but my more mainstream tilt on things believes this album to be one that grows on you rather than make a great first impression. It can put new listeners of the band on the back foot initially, simply due to it being so frenetically paced that it is almost impossible to take it all in. Furthermore, lead singer Gerard Way’s voice can at first come off a little too annoying. But if given the chance by a listener, this album’s weaknesses can easily be forgiven, while its strengths come to the forefront, especially its hooks.

My Chemical Romance’s music has been compartmentalized into so many genres that I am beginning to lose track. Everything from Pop-Punk to Goth-Punk… From Post Hardcore to Alternative Rock. Of course, then there is that dreaded “emo” word that even the band seem to want to disassociate themselves from, despite the throngs of teenage females wearing all black and covering themselves in similarly colored make-up & nail polish. To be honest, there are times on this album that you can see why the latter term has become used as the lyrics can be downright over-the-top melodramatic. However, it’s only momentarily cringe-worthy in most cases and doesn’t bring whole songs down.

Apparently there was an initial concept storyline to this album, but it wasn’t followed through with entirely. This isn’t a problem for mine as I have personally never let a concept album rule as to whether an album is good or not anyway. If anything, the theme comes into play positively here as the track order is near perfect and helps to accentuate some track’s strengths, especially when it comes to pacing.

Opening up with the relatively moderately-paced fan favorite ‘Helena’ is a good choice, as is following it up with the rapid-fire 1-2 punch of ‘Give ‘Em Hell Kid’ and ‘To The End’. Tracks 1-4 are all between 2:20 and 3:20 in length, so it’s all over and done with promptly. But it is at track 5 when ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ really hits its strides. 2nd single ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ is contagious despite possibly not being a favorite immediately, while ‘The Ghost Of You’ is the cleverly placed mid-album ballad that works a treat.

My album highlight is track 9 ‘Thank You For The Venom’, in that it’s extremely catchy and memorable from start to beginning, while including some of the better musicianship on the album. The final 4 tracks don’t quite hold up in quality, but there is enough variety contained within them to make them more than successful album tracks. I especially like the spaghetti western beginning of ‘Hang Em High’, while if you can get over the melodrama of ‘Cemetery Drive’ it is actually one of the better tracks here.

Throughout the album, musicianship isn’t exactly a high point as guitarist Ray Toro is energetic rather than technical. Both he and drummer Bob Bryar do nothing outstanding and the music isn’t exactly what I would call clearly defined. It’s more of a constant buzz in the background which creates a satisfactory launching pad that highlights front-man Gerard Way. I can see how Way has his detractors, but he is clearly the strength of the band behind his interesting voice that I feel he uses well here. He just has a knack of pulling off emotion with sufficient melody.

Ultimately, it all makes for a pretty good and relatively accessible (if not immediate) album that shows successful progression from the bands raw and average debut (although the debut actually contained more variety & arguably more ambition). There are clearly improvements to be made as the album is too one-paced and a little too overlong because of that. But for a rock band with punk and gothic tendencies, there is more than enough hooks present here to make My Chemical Romance sufficiently individual and allow them excellent crossover appeal.

Recommended Tracks: Thank You For The Venom, Ghost Of You, I’m Not Okay (I Promise) & Cemetery Drive.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2008



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Arghh, I think that the reviews I find most difficult to write are those where my over-riding thoughts on an album are positive, but there are clear negatives to it as well.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Emo/Punk/Goth/Rock


IT'S NOT REAL EMO

/ dumb comment you're probably gonna get a lot of from genre Nazis/nerds.

Anyway good review but I don't care a lot for this album, Gerard Way's voice still tended to grate a bit too much for me.

kattunlover69
July 4th 2008



1194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mcrs best album with hang em high as their best songThis Message Edited On 07.04.08

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^That is a damn good song true.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2008



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I sort of addressed the emo topic in the 3rd paragraph of the review. And the mention of the 4 genres in the summary was a lead-in to that. Having said that, I understand why some may feel it was all unnecessary.

ToWhatEnd
July 4th 2008



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2nd single ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’
This was the first single I'm pretty sure.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^davey Na dude I wasn't criticizing it myself at all, don't change a thing. I was just saying what a bunch of people here will pick on because they're like that.

Honestly so many bands have denied the tag "emo" that almost nobody calls themselves that. Even a lot of the bands that people point to and say "that's real emo!" usually deny that label. So I don't even care anymore about what's real emo, not emo, fake emo, wannabe emo, who cares it's just a word.This Message Edited On 07.04.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2008



20807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KATTUNLOVER69, I know many fans that indeed love 'Hang Em High' and I must say that I enjoy it, but more for parts of it, rather than the song as a whole.
TOWHATEND, it depends on where you are in the world as to what was the first single. 'Thank You For The Venom' was released before 'Im Not Okay' in many countries, although I do believe you are correct when it came to the USA.
ILIKEMUSICTHATSUCKS; No probs as I didn't take it as a criticism from yourself anyway. I actually appreciate the warning. But I think you have a point that the term "emo" almost shouldn't be used nowadays, so maybe I am criticizing myself a little.

ToWhatEnd
July 4th 2008



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow I had no clue Thank You For The Venom was a single elsewhere. Sweetness, that's my favorite track off the record.

cometuesday
July 4th 2008



959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you know what they do to guys like us in prison might be (one of) my fav(s) on the record...

Burning_October
July 4th 2008



162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I agree with it, although I think Hang Em High should have been on your highlight list.

I really dont understand why people hate MCR so much, sure their fan base can get kind of annoying, but that isnt their fault. This album is actually very good, and contains some good musicianship. The Black Parade is better, in my opinion, but still, this is a good effort. Anyway, good review, I agree with it.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really dont understand why people hate MCR so much


It's f0r em0 fagz, they gay and wine about theyre livez like girls,, if you want real tuneage get some fucking niCKELBACK or other metal bansd HELZZ YEAH GIRL PANTS LAWL FUK THEM!!!11 TRUCKS! BUSH R0CKS! f00tbAWL!This Message Edited On 07.04.08

taylormemer
July 4th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^
Worst comment ever.

Smileyface
July 4th 2008



309 Comments


This band just doesn't do the trick for me. Good review though.

foreverendeared
July 4th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was being sarcastic

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^He probably knows, he doesn't seem to like the album so he's probably offended. Not all people that don't like them are idiots. But seriously what I just wrote is almost verbatim what some kid told me once in high school.

taylormemer
July 4th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Offended? Ha. And yes, I realise you were being sarcastic, but seriously, do we honestly need l33t sp34k from you.

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 4th 2008



1063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

... go to a Nickelback fan forum.

Notice how they type.

taylormemer
July 4th 2008



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why would I want to see more irrelevant nonsense, even if its some form of sarcasm...?

foreverendeared
July 4th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha good point



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