My Chemical Romance
Danger Days...


4.0
excellent

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by Townsendium USER (10 Reviews)
October 12th, 2013 | 24 replies | 1,296 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Casual fans are in danger if they listen to this

0 of 11 thought this review was well written

I find it hard to put My Chemical Romance under any one genre of music. Their first album fell under post-hardcore, their second had a much more structured sound, and had a more gothic/punk sound. The Black Parade was a solid heavy rock album. Their latest, and sadly final, effort comes more under the category of electronic rock/pop-rock. That's what I enjoy about MCR, they don't decide to stick to the same formula, they mix things up, and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys mixes things up more than I expected them too. I have read a great deal of reviews on MCR's fourth and final album, about 35% praised it, about 60% hated it with a passion and 5% had conflicting feelings. I am part of the 35%.

Danger Days, like The Black Parade and Three Cheers, follows a story, this time of a group of rebels called "killjoys" who live in 2019 California, which is a world ruled by a company called Better Living Industries (BL/ind, haha funny). All in all their little kid gets captured by a wannabe Bond villain, and the Killjoys are killed trying to save her. Spoiler alert, she is saved and taken away by Dr Death Defying, who is some sort of radio DJ. I'll admit, the story is no way near as interesting as the story of Cancer (The Black Parade) but it doesn't ruin the album at all.

The Black Parade contained elements of Orchestral music, specifically trumpets, you know, marching band instruments and all that. Danger Days incorporates electronic elements, such as synths, distorted drums and some other malarchy. This works brilliantly for the most part, but sometimes it comes on a bit too much, and it's hard to believe you're listening to an MCR album. I'm talking specifically about "Planetary (GO!)", which by no means is a bad song, it's just, well, quite messy. It's listenable, but fans of The Black Parade are going to find themselves skipping this one (and most of the others for that matter).

The singles, "Na Na Na", "SING", "The Only Hope for Me is You", "Planetary (GO!)" and "The Kids from Yesterday" are both some of the best, and some of the worst the album has to offer. "Na Na Na" I would argue is possibly the best single from the album. It's catchy, it's anthemic, and you'll find yourself singing it. The lyrics are "alright". There are some that are quite cringe worthy, for example "Shut up and let me see your jazz hands/remember when you were a madman/though you were batman/you hit the party with a gas can/kiss me you animal". I mean, does that make any sense at all? MCR incorporating Batman into their lyrics, something I didn't expect, nor did I want to hear.

The best songs by far on the album aren't the singles. "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" and "DESTROYA" are both gems. Save Yourself has a very creative guitar riff, both minor and major in sound, and is again quite anthemic. DESTROYA, I have no idea what makes it a good song, you should judge it for yourself, but for me specifically, it's very enjoyable, a fun song if you will.

All in all, Danger Days is a solid album, it has a great collection of catchy enjoyable songs. Hardcore MCR fans such as myself will no doubt enjoy the album, or at least the majority of it. Casual fans (in other words, people who enjoy The Black Parade and that album only) should probably skip this one, and listen to Conventional Weapons, there's very little here that you'll enjoy



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SnakeDelilah
October 12th 2013



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is easily, EASILY, their worst album they've produced and always will be their worst.

also neg because fuck you

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Townsendium
October 12th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, you are one special mutha fucka, have you not yet realised that I write these PURELY because I enjoy pissing music critics off? You guys have your heads so far up your asses

ConorIsNotHere
October 12th 2013



1271 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I admit you have somewhat improved. Still neg'd though.

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spartanawasp
October 12th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bullets was post-hardcore? Three Cheers was punk/gothic? lol

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2013



3449 Comments


have you not yet realised that I write these PURELY because I enjoy pissing music critics off?


That kind of attitude is why you're not going to improve. Write because you have something to say about the music and want to improve, otherwise this'll keep happening.

SnakeDelilah
October 12th 2013



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'5.0 classic

My Chemical Romance - '

Parallels
October 12th 2013



6641 Comments


i saw a car with that spider logo on the hood yesterday.

Pheromone
October 12th 2013



3488 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The albums wank

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Townsendium
October 12th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am sayin something about music. I love this album, however because critic cunts always focus on the negative, you hate me for having a different opinion

DyingAtheist
October 12th 2013



113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nothing to do with you having a different opinion or us focusing on the negative.
It's a bad album. And you begin your review by labelling Black Parade as hard rock and Bullets as
post-hardcore... why would anybody take you seriously after that?


SnakeDelilah
October 12th 2013



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'And you begin your review by labelling Black Parade as hard rock and Bullets as post-hardcore... why would anybody take you seriously after that?'

Well, to be fair, Bullets is post-hardcore, but it's definitely not a prime example.

Lakes.
October 12th 2013



27591 Comments


BEST REVIEW IVE EVER READ

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2013



3449 Comments


No, we dislike the review because it makes poorly-reasoned claims about the album and is not well-written. Read:

Better Living Industries (BL/ind, haha funny).


The Black Parade contained elements of Orchestral music, specifically trumpets, you know, marching band instruments and all that.


"Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" and "DESTROYA" are both gems. Save Yourself has a very creative guitar riff, both minor and major in sound, and is again quite anthemic. DESTROYA, I have no idea what makes it a good song, you should judge it for yourself, but for me specifically, it's very enjoyable, a fun song if you will.


That's why you're getting all the negs.

Townsendium
October 13th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brostep, your name contains step which I assume is a reference to dubstep which shouldn't even be considered music, and your avatar is Miley Cyrus. WHAT ARE YOU DOING

ChopSuey
October 13th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FUCK THE HATERS bro!!!!!!

Townsendium
October 13th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THANKYOU CHOP SUEY :D

ChopSuey
October 13th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no problem bro. Keep reviewing shit as much as you want

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2013



14279 Comments


Sweet Jesus, is this guy for real?

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ChopSuey
October 13th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are you for real?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2013



14279 Comments


Are any of us for real?



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