My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade


5.0
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Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 10th, 2012 | 75 replies | 3,221 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gerard Way channels Freddy Mercury to his highest potential and the band follows suit making for one intense atmospheric rock opera and certainly the best album of it's year.

3 of 13 thought this review was well written

There are some bands that get better and better as they go along and I think that mostly has to do with the experience that they pick up along the way, as well as a desire to change. As good as Sweet Revenge is, after two albums of scary goth post hardcore, MCR had to change it up a little bit if they were going to stay relevent to the public and to fans in general. And change they did. MCR managed to take the anthem qualities of old classic rock bands like Queen and mesh it with their own unique style to create one of the most fun and versatile albums of the decade. Gerard Way channels Freddy Mercury to his highest potential and the band follows suit making for one intense atmospheric rock opera and certainly the best album of it's year.

The album starts off with a down beat acoustic track called The End, an ironic title signifying what's to come and then as it escalates into a full on dissent noise, DEAD! kicks in and really starts the show with a really cool guitar solo and some bouncy vocals. There is even a section of la la las (possbily foreshadowing the song Na Na Na which would come years later) and a catchy as hell bridge. From here on out the album gets a little darker with The Sharpest Lives and How I Disappear but the catchiness factor never lets up until the end of the album. The lyrics on this are something to truly be commended; Gerard Way is at the top of his game lyrically as well as vocally. His voice has never been beautiful like Freddy's but his delivery is truly haunting on some songs and his great lyrics only multiply the fact. The lyrics of Cancer are both moving and heartbreaking and I don't think they've ever written a song that more elegantly describes death. After writing about it for several years, they finally mastered it with this song.

Another great thing about this song is that it has virtual no duds, even though its all across the map as far as genre goes. If there is a weak song, its probably Sleep although the song itself isn't to blame: it's the over long intro that really gets this one started off on the wrong foot; other than that it's a great song, like the rest. I disagree with the song Teenagers as a single because it's a little too bouncy to be, I would have made the touching ballad Cancer a single, but then again, I'm not MCR. But what I do know is that they truly have created a masterpiece with this one, and will likely never match the great heights, vocals, and lyricisms that this album provides.



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crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of my favorite albums ever

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2012



49766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This > Queen

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lucasjcockcroft
February 10th 2012



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not a 5, but ok.

DarthMann
February 10th 2012



13476 Comments


awesome new crandynewman

crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks darth!

blackparade
February 10th 2012



133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album ;))

letsgofishing
February 10th 2012



900 Comments


"There is even a section of la la las (possbily foreshadowing the song Na Na Na which would come years later)"

YES! That's exactly what they had in mind, how did you know??

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crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"awesome album...like realy....fking awesome"

thanks blackparade! yeah one of my faves.


"YES! That's exactly what they had in mind, how did you know??"

im just speculating fishing

DarthMann
February 10th 2012



13476 Comments


who dare neg

crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i dont know i thought this one was a good review

DarthMann
February 10th 2012



13476 Comments


yeah dont worry about it man posd so hard

crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks darth!!

Beachcoma
February 10th 2012



526 Comments


I........I..I........I

Acanthus
February 10th 2012



9535 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After so many reviews I had hoped that we had gotten away from the Freddy Mercury/Queen name dropping.

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xfearbefore
February 10th 2012



1245 Comments


One of the most laughably contrived and awful albums I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. Sounds like what a 7th grader would come up with as something "deep".

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Gyromania
February 10th 2012



15168 Comments


I still love this album; fuck the haters!

crandynewman
February 10th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

me too gyro!

someguest
February 10th 2012



20234 Comments


cuz she's a killer queen

mcr's vocalist that is

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TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 10th 2012



3663 Comments


"After so many reviews I had hoped that we had gotten away from the Freddy Mercury/Queen name dropping."

Yet, they keep coming

DarthMann
February 10th 2012



13476 Comments


good job crandy you're on 50%!



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