My Chemical Romance
Number Three


4.5
superb

Review

by jammaking USER (8 Reviews)
December 15th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Best so far.

A few years ago the live version of The World Is Ugly first appeared on YouTube, and it was hard not to fall in love with it. It was, in many ways, the best song My Chemical Romance had yet released: the captivating vocals, the tragically beautiful lyrics. It was everything you could ever hope for in a ballad, so when Conventional Weapons was originally announced The World Is Ugly was by far the thing I was most excited about. But as its official release came closer, I began to feel sceptical... would the studio version ever live up to the live one? Because let’s be honest, the reason the song was so special was because of the way it was played, not what was being played. It was the raw emotion of it, because at the end of the day, the song was just another generic, depressing love song. So naturally, when the studio version was leaked 2 days ago it was with a mix of excitement and dread that I pressed the play button.

After the first listen, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Not only was the beauty of the live version gone, but so was everything else. My Chemical Romance have basically rewritten the entire song, with new verses and a new bridge- the only common factor is that incredible chorus. But after listening a few times I came to the conclusion this was no bad thing, if they’d released the old version of the song I don’t think it could ever be as good as the live version. It would lack the authenticity, it would feel too refined, and in a way that would have been more disappointing. It’s not like the new version is bad anyway, it’s still one of the best songs the band have ever written. It’s just more uplifting than I thought it would be, and that’s, if anything, a good thing. Also, the live version is also still going to be available to listen to, it’s not like they’re going to take it down, so in response to all of the hate My Chemical Romance will undoubtedly get for changing one of the best songs they will ever write I shall simply quote to you the immortal words of Mick Jagger: “Cool it, yeh? Cool it!”
The real gem on this two track release, however, comes in the b-side. As I had spent the days leading up to the leak practically drooling over the future release of The World Is Ugly I had almost entirely forgotten it would come with another song. That song is called The Light Behind Your Eyes, and it’s where we see My Chemical Romance finally return to what they do best - depression.

It took me a few listens to fully appreciate it, but after those few listens I realised that it completely eclipses The World Is Ugly. It features the best lyrics Gerard way has written since... well, since ever and despite the fact that it follows the same format as almost every ballad they’ve ever released (starts quiet and gets louder and louder and louder) it still feels so real, so genuine. And as Gerard croons lines such as “never let them take the light behind your eyes” over a haunting guitar line throughout the chorus, it’s hard not to wish this album was released instead of Danger Days, because so far, it’s looking like a far superior album.

All in all, despite initial disappointment, Number Three is the strongest of the Conventional Weapons series so far. Scratch that, Number Three is one of the strongest My Chemical Romance releases to date. Fingers crossed Number Four is as good.



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Muisc4Life26
December 15th 2012


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Light Behind Your Eyes is my favorite song off of Conventional Weapons because of the lyrics,Gerard's voice and the overall meaning in the song. It literally almost made me cry. But i have to say The World Is Ugly is my least favorite. It's a good song but i like the live version much better.

Muisc4Life26
December 15th 2012


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://youtu.be/FNQQMNeW_tw-here you go!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2012


3502 Comments


Are these that good ? Their last album was a disaster and Black Parade was meh.

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Brendan352
December 15th 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These songs are both very good. I'm impressed with how they were composed. Keep in mind that these set of songs are both ballads when approaching them.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2012


3502 Comments


I only listened to Number One and I must say it was better than most on Danger Days. I'll check these too.

Cormano
December 15th 2012


993 Comments


I need to download this

SingForTheDead
December 16th 2012


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Isn't this technically not a "Sputnik-legal" stream? I get that the EP leaked, but doesn't it need to be approved by the band before a review can be posted? I know I'm not a paragon for this rule, but I'm just curious.

Good review, haven't listened to the songs yet but will when my vinyl gets here.

SaintAndrews
December 16th 2012


105 Comments


The light behind your eyes is toooooooooooooo epic. That song makes me forget about the other one it was released with. The World Is Ugly was so disappointing. I'm wondering what the next two will sound like. I like 4 out of the 6 songs released so far.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2012


15213 Comments


So this is actually good?

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merpmerp
December 16th 2012


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Yeah. "The Light Behind Your Eyes" is pretty great.

Cormano
December 16th 2012


993 Comments


conventional weapons has been pretty good so far

merpmerp
December 16th 2012


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Number Two wasn't that great IMO.

Cormano
December 16th 2012


993 Comments


gun was pretty boring but I like ambulance

merpmerp
December 16th 2012


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Holy shit merp you actually liked something by MCR!"

Yeah Snide. I gave this one a chance and actually enjoyed it. His voice still bugs me a little though.

Hedgehog32396
December 19th 2012


541 Comments


i love this c:

Cygnatti
December 23rd 2012


22293 Comments


"Holy shit merp you actually liked something by MCR!"

whoa

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HaloDude442
December 30th 2012


695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so much better than the other conventional weapons releases thus far. Ballads ftw

Muisc4Life26
January 4th 2013


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Number 3 is definitely my favorite. The Light Behind Your Eyes is my favorite song off of CW and The World Is Ugly has really grown on me. Quickly becoming one of my favorite songs they ever done.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2 more excellent songs here... & not a great deal behind 'Number 1' as the best EP of the 'Conventional Weapons' compilation. I'm unsure if they would have been placed sequentially if the album was released normally, but they definitely work together as a 2 track EP.



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