My Chemical Romance
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge


3.5
great

Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 10th, 2012 | 73 replies | 4,099 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What is almost a great album is ruined by a tendency to go too over the top with the gothy asthetic.

2 of 5 thought this review was well written

If you've read my Danger Days review, you'll know that I love MCR. I think all of their albums are at least worth listening to (even if I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love is a little on the too rough side) and this album is no exception. Its just a shame that it goes just a little too "emo" for lack of a better word. In true MCR style, Gerard Way (lead vocalist) and his backing back has created a violent and expressive picture with this album which works for a while, but towards the end of the album, it begins to become a bit too much for the listener to handle as we're hit with this deathly imagery over and over again.

But let us look at the actual songs. All the singles are great, Helena is a touching yet morbidly moving song about Gerard's grandmother passing away, I'm Not Okay is a great emopunk track that really picks the album up early on due to the drudgy plodding of the gothy sounds and Ghost of You is a haunting ballad about a dead lover, something that a lot of the songs have in common. One thing to mention with this album is that Gerard is at the top of his game here. Although he not as good as he will later become on The Black Parade, he gives it his all and delivers a punchy and sarcastic performance with some really touching moments. Everyone else does their job I guess but no one really stands out other than a few cool solos here and there and the occasional funky bassline or cool fill.

The best song on the album is probably Hang Em High, a westerny tribute that soon turns from a Clint Eastwood tribute into a full on heavy punk song. But the lyrics aren't great, and that's probably the biggest problem with the album. It does what it does and it does it very well but in the end, all the death and imagery of coffins, and things in black, and roses and whatnot makes it seem too Interview With a Vampirey. It sort of becomes a joke within itself and while the music itself works, the image gets a little hokey once you've been beaten with it for an hour. Luckily MCR would fix this by taking the dark imagery and channeling it into a concept album that is more easily invested in and more accessible due to the anthemic quality of the next album. But as it stands, this is a very good album, just not the best the band has to offer.



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crandynewman
February 9th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love the band, will probably review the other two at some point

Island
February 9th 2012



577 Comments


dont stop bury me

and fade to black

Island
February 9th 2012



577 Comments


jesus christ someone shoutout box me dammit

auberginedreams
February 9th 2012



6028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good album. too bad this band sucks asshole these days.

DarthMann
February 9th 2012



13815 Comments


sup crandy

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ur one of those two guys that reviews all of sputnik's highest rated albums really low and pop punk as a 3.5 or higher, right?



Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

crandynewman
February 9th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not always

i gave abbey road a 5 and master of puppets a 3

fuckthatnoise
February 9th 2012



1479 Comments


how r u 2day crandy

Phideaux
February 9th 2012



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty good. Black Parade is actually pretty ace in my opinion.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I AM NOT AFRAID TO KEEP ON LIVING

TheSpirit
February 9th 2012



17722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

absolutely love this album, one of my all time favorites

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

Phideaux
February 9th 2012



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I AM NOT AFRAID TO WALK THIS WORLD ALONE

Sowing, you've heard all of Some Nights?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no i wish

its a pre-emptive dig

samples are on itunes fyi

TheSpirit
February 9th 2012



17722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think i need to bump this to a 5


this is easily their best album but the black parade is a very close second. Their debut is like a 3.5, and I think it's kinda underrated still.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as long as we all agree danger days was the worst fucking thing

Phideaux
February 9th 2012



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ummmm. I actually thought Danger Days was semi decent.

I'm pulling for some nights to be amazing. We Are Young is kinda eh.

crandynewman
February 9th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"how r u 2day crandy"

i'm good noise, thanks

how are you?

Phideaux
February 9th 2012



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

totes thought you were talking to yourself. Turns out you have the same avatar. How silly of me.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 9th 2012



3663 Comments


"The best song on the album is probably Hang Em High, a westerny tribute that soon turns from a Clint Eastwood tribute into a full on heavy punk song."


Hahahahaha WIN!!!

Killerhit
February 9th 2012



5249 Comments


You know what's sad

He asks for criticism constantly and never listens to it
Might aswell quit asking



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