My Chemical Romance
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
June 7th, 2004 (June 8th, 2004 for America)
This is the first time I've actually heard this band. I'd heard plenty of talk about them and their debut album "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought My Your Love", and I saw lots of hype about their sophomore effort. So I wanted in. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. And I'm glad I did.
Helena - 7/10
This has a weird intro. The main riffs and drum beats are quite basic, but the vocals really make this song work better, including the backing vocals. The chorus is what makes the song really, as it has a lot of power in it's lyrics and vocal work, and the music puts it together.
Give 'Em Hell, Kid - 10/10
My favourite track on the record. With amazingly addictive lyrics, scratchy vocals and fast guitar work, this song is 2 minutes of sheer enjoyment. The mood switches a lot throughout the verses, choruses and bridge, and MCR do it nicely.
To The End - 8/10
This song isn't bad either. The intro is very grim, as are the vocals, but the melody in the verse and the main chorus makes it slightly more normal. I love the way the verses sound so dark, it makes them very interesting to listen to.
You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison - 9/10
Another of my favourites. The way the music sounds in the verses really goes with the vocal work, and the chorus is just crazy and all out. The second verse picks up where the chorus left off, and the song from there is pretty basic. But it's the first verse that got me, it's so melodic, yet you know it's leading to something big.
I'm Not Okay (I Promise) - 8/10
For MCR, quite a cheerful song. The verses have a very emo feel to it, unlike the others where it is hidden slightly. The chrous is pretty basic (I'm not OK Repeated) but effective for the song. Overall, it isn't musically the best, but they pull it off well.
The Ghost Of You - 7/10
This song is slower than the previous lot, and in effect more moving. The lyrics are clearer and the vocal work is what really makes the song. The chorus kinda picks up, but not as much. It's a great song lyrically, but musically they could've done better.
The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You - 8/10
Like a faster version of The Ghost...
, this carries the lyrical value of the previous song and steps the music up a notch. The guitar work is impressive to me, and the drumming is great as well (Not a drummer so I can't really judge). Overall, I liked the whole song.
Interlude - 6/10
How do you compare this to the rest of the album? It is incredibly slow, the vocals are much quieter and it's only 1 minute. Still, it does carry some value. The lyrics are good for a 1 minute song. Erm... yeah...
Thank You For The Venom - 9/10
A great song in my opinion. After the lead-up of Interlude
, this doesn't disappoint. With excellent lyric, above-standard lyrics and fast music work, this song is one of the best on the album. Also, the solo is amazing!
Hang 'Em High - 8/10
Whistling intro, and then straight into another hardcore MCR song. The verses are pretty standard, and the vocals aren't bad. But the music, again, is what makes this song memorable. The guitar in the verses is great, and it's songs like this where you can see their musical talent.
It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's A Fucking Deathwish - 8/10
Again, a pretty standard song. The vocal work in the verses is great and shows his abilities, and the music isn't bad either. The bridge is very basic as well, which pretty much wraps up the song. Also, it has a kickass title!
Cemetery Drive - 6/10
The worst song on the album. However, that doesn't mean it isn't bad. The guitar melodies and the vocal work fit nicely, but it just isn't MCR. It doesn't go with the rest of the album, and in turn I didn't find it that interesting.
I Never Told You What I Do For A Living - 7/10
After about an hours worth of hardcore songs from this incredible bunch, it does get tiring. This is a great song, and the music and lyrics go together well again, but now I'm getting bored of the sound. Not the best song on the album, and not really memorable. But good nonetheless.
Overall, I was amazed and very impressed with this album. I don't know how it compares to their debut, but this one had catchy lyrics, amazing vocals and all-round good music. I suggest you buy this, now I know what all the hype was about!
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