My Chemical Romance
Danger Days...


3.0
good

Review

by fr33convict USER (10 Reviews)
November 17th, 2010 | 80 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Look alive sunshine.

Change is a difficult thing for most bands to embrace. If a band refuses to evolve they are criticized for spending their time recreating the magic of their early works. But sometimes change is the only way for a band to move forward. My Chemical Romance’s hardcore influenced debut shook the scene when it first released, gathering the band legions of fans. Three Cheers brought more to the table: better hooks, better production, and a tighter band altogether. Then The Black Parade happened. The band infused their emo pop-punk roots with harmonies reminiscent of Queen, obnoxiously cliché lead work, and brought forth a record reminiscent of 70’s rock. The album divided the band’s legion of fans in a way unseen in recent memory. When the band claimed before this record it would be heavily synth driven pop and revealed song titles such as Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) I began to cringe. But while My Chemical Romance seemed down for the count, they are surely not out yet.

The first thing noticeable once putting on the album is the joy the album brings forth. While past works where laced in themes of suicide, angst, and aggressive chord progressions, this album draws on happier melodies, catchy choruses, and is overall a more fun listen. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys has a sense of passion it’s delivery. What the album lacks in a sense of necessity it makes up for in its ability to be genuinely enjoyable to listen to, something that hasn’t been an element of the bands sound in many years. The drumming on this album does a good job of keeping a nice beat while not playing the same pattern constantly. Both guitarists have stepped up their game as well. The riffs are tighter and the Brian May-influenced solos certainly are enjoyable to listen to. Gerard’s vocals are one of the albums weaker links. His delivery is less passionate than before, even if he is a bit technically stronger as a vocalist. Stand-out numbers such as Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na ), the dreamlike S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, and the insanely hook-driven Bulletproof Heart fill the run-time through the entire disc.

Unfortunately, the problems with this album are too glaring to justify a higher score. The lyrical content of the CD is on par with that which is on your local pop-station and is very disappointing. It took them years to think of this?

"Love gimme love gimme love
I don't need it but I'll take what I want
From your heart and I'll keep it
In a bag, in a box
Put an X on the floor
Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more
Shut up and sing it with me."


The album lacks a sense of unity: the more punk driven numbers such as “Party Poison”(most likely from the Stooges-esque record the band made that was scrapped) don’t blend with the danceable, synth-driven numbers like “The Only Hope For Me Is You”. The album feels like a collection of songs rather then one complete package, which hurts the flow of the record. On a similar note, this is My Chemical Romance’s third consecutive concept album. The concept of the album is lost between the interludes: the concept is far too loose and doesn’t flow cohesively within the album. The album is also incredibly inconsistent: while excellent tracks fill up a majority of the albums run-time, the unnecessary interludes and general lackluster material (“Planetary” being possibly the band’s worst song) drop the overall quality of the album and make it a bit of a chore to listen to.

Overall, the band shows signs of life, the album just feels too rushed. If more effort had been towards making all of the tracks better then making the album sparkle in nearly every conceivable way. They are on their path to recovery, but Danger Days is lacking in too many areas to be a real return to form.



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fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

inb4 5,000 of these by tomorrow.

Review is a bit sloppy most likely, so tell me anything that needs fixing.

americanmusicmachine
November 17th 2010


3953 Comments


hello.

fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Neg'd already? Wow.

Spec
November 17th 2010


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Review is pretty good, quote is kind of awkwardly placed. Should I even bother checking this out?

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fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hmmm... Did you hate the latest 30 Seconds to Mars album?

ConsiderPhlebas
November 17th 2010


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A few minor grammatical errors but good review, man. Good point about the feel of the music being more cheerful etc. Pos.

Spec
November 17th 2010


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Unfortunately, the problems with this album are unfortunately too glaring to justify a higher score."

Maybe change the wording there.

fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The quote looks fine on my iPod... Does it look bad on a PC? I'll get rid of the quote tags if it does.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010


16789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

just a few nit picky things i noticed:

even if he isa bit

separate the "is" and the "a"

the formatting for that quote seems a little fucked up, too.

the opening statement reads awkward, "Change is a difficult thing for most bands to go for"

maybe replace that with "embrace"? or some such similar verb that sounds less clumsy than "go for"

review seems slightly rushed if i'm being quite honest, but i agree with the rating and a lot of the points you made, particularly about how Gerard seems less passionate and the presence of lackluster filler...anyways, if you make a few edits i'll pos (by the way im not the one who neg'd)

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fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That better? And I wrote the review and didn't like it and rewrote it. 3 negs over those things is a bit ridiculous tbh.

PanasonicYouth
November 17th 2010


7412 Comments


listened to nananananananananana and then the next song and i'm already disappointed going back to listening to taking back sunday

tiesthatbind
November 17th 2010


7380 Comments


This shouldn't have 3 negs. Aside from those few grammatical issues it's well-written.

One more thing though: "The albums lacks a sense of unity" (at the start of the next-to-last paragraph)

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fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

OK done. Look good?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010


7318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Certainly looks a lot better now =)

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fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good.

Phideaux
November 17th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. I was hoping this would be good but from what I've heard people say about it so far it doesn't sound like I will like it. Still gonna give it a spin when I get around to it.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010


16789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

pos-a-licious. overall good review.

fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thx gaiz.

pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


12571 Comments


Nice review, pos.

fr33convict
November 17th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

OMG it's a machine of pizza



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