Okay guys. This is my first review, so please refrain from pelting me with rotting vegetables if you do not find this review of any help. I know I'm not going to be good at this because I've never really done very well in the past, but I'm willing to give it another go.
I, in all honesty...could NOT live without this C.D. If you knew me, you would think that my opinion of this record is extrememly biased. I love My Chemical Romance for all reasons imaginable, but remember, I'M IN IT FOR THE MUSIC!
This record, of course, has it's low points. I believe that low point is 'This is the best day ever.' That was the first song that I had ever heard by M.C.R. That could possibly be why I just kind of tossed them aside when I first came across 'Bullets'. When they released 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge', It was kind of like, 'Oh, these kids again...cool.' I looked further into the band, and upon hearing the infamous prison rape tune, 'You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison', I was instantly like, 'Wow..now THIS could be something.' Shortly after hearing that song, I hear that there will be a single from the record, and sure enough, they released the uber-dork schoolboy anthem, 'I'm Not Okay (I Promise)'. For some people, it was a masterpiece. For others, (Like me), It was shortly lived. I don't find that song to be anything spectacular, and although I am glad that my boys are getting popular, I wish MTV would lay off a bit. After all of that, I decided to look into Bullets. That was probably one of my better decisions.
Romance is a lovely way to start out a brilliant album. Ray's guitar playing is simply sensational. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems that the inspiration for that song could have been drawn from some small, quaint cafe in the middle of nowhere special, Mexico. When I listen to it, that's what I picture..but again, that might just be me.
Honey, this mirror isn't big enough for the two of us is a very drastic change from the soft, slow, pace of 'Romance', but a very refreshing change at that. After 'Romance', you're drifting off to somewhere peaceful, but when 'Honey' kicks in, you snap back to it. The beginning riff is simple, but catchy. It's followed by Frank coming in with chords, and Gerard growling his way into the first line of the song. The song seems to have a mind of it's own, slowing and picking up pace whenever it feel need be. 'And you can cry all you want to, I dont..care how much you'll invest yourself in me..We're not working out.' Don't let Gerard fool you, folks. I think everyone, at first listen, mistakes the line 'We're not working out' for 'When I'm working out' I did this myself, and I was in hysterics when I found out I was wrong, and also at the thought of Gerard working out.
Vampires will never hurt you is a great song. However, you must be able to see past the symbolism in it. This song is NOT talking about blood sucking creatures of the night. It's about love and loss. You have to learn to see past the dark symbolism in this. Very good song though.
Drowning Lessons is meh. That's right. I said meh. The song is alright, but I do not think it is an adequite follow up to 'Vampires'. Don't get me wrong, I love the song. But I think if the songs were in a different order, it would be more enjoyable. I usually listen to the whole record when I want to listen to a song, so that is the only reason I am concerned with the order. I can tell that the band plotted a certain order, but I think they might have made a mistake with this one.
Our lady of sorrows. That's right, it gets it's own sentence. It's THAT good. I love this song A LOT. It;s filled with in-your-face lyrics, and it always creates quite the 'mosh' at shows. The band knows how to stir up the crowd. To get people going, Gerard could either (a) promise each person in the crowd a night in his bed, or (b) play Our lady of sorrows. The ending of this song couldn't be more fitting. No one even knows what he's trying to say...I'm not positive that HE knows what he's saying. It's just random grumbles and moans, but it fits perfectly.
Headfirst for Halos is one of my favorite M.C.R. songs ever. With Gerard's introduction of 'This song is about suicide...', My Chemical Romance recieves akward glances and raised eyebrows. But as always, they pull through with the crowd on their side. This song IS about suicide. But it's Gerard saying 'I've been through this stuff, and it isn't worth going through. Don't do it.' I honestly love this song.
Skylines and Turnstiles - Once again, the order. I don't know if I like where it's placed on the C.D. When I'm really into a C.D. I get really picky about these things. It doesn't really affect my veiw of the record, it's just things I wish were different. I love this song anyeways.
Early Sunsets Over Monroeville is genius. Most people say that it is boring and that the song doesnt really pick up from the slow beginning. I feel differently. I could listen to this song all day. I love the lyrics, and I love the guitar work. No one but Gerard Way could sing this song. His voice fits beautifully in this song. There are just so many things I could say about this song. It is probably my second favortite on the record. Genius.
This is the best day ever is explained early on in this review.
Cubicles is one of my least favorites on the album. I like this song, but I don't see the symbolism in this one. It's just Gerard saying 'I think I'f love to die alone, I think I'd love to die.' I think that more things couldv'e been done with this song. It wouldv'e been better without all of the 'death' stuff.
DEMOLITION LOVERS! Possibly my favorite song ever. It simply makes me melt. The lyrics are beautiful, Gerard's voice is gorgeous, and everything fits together so great. I love the pausing. You think the song is over, but then you hear very faint guitar. It's very soft, and gentle. The drums come back in, and then Gerard with 'All we are, all we are, is bullets, I mean this.' That is possibly my favorite part of the whole song. It's so pretty. I just love everything about this song. The guitar solos, no matter what anyone says, are NOT drawn out! Ray's playing is beautiful! I would like a longer solo! I think this song is flawless. You couldn't change my mind on that one.
Overall, I think that this record is amazing, and worthy of everyone's time and money. If you are given a choice between 'Three Cheers' and 'Bullets', I strongly suggest 'Bullets'. 'Three Cheers isn't bad, it's just a lot diffrerent. If you ask me, I liked the direction that they were heading with the first album. 'Three Cheers' is the official wrong way to that direction. Don't get me wrong, I still love 'Three Cheers', just not nearly as much.
Sorry for this review and it's serious suck-factor. Please be nice and comment anyway, I worked hard and neglected my poor friends on MSN to write this. o_O And like I said...no rotten vegetables. Please. =)