My Chemical Romance
May Death Never Stop You


3.0
good

Review

by tmagistrelli USER (18 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 03/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A eulogy

Say what you will about the band, but the one thing that can be agreed on is that My Chemical Romance took one of the most unorthodox paths to stardom in the history of rock music. As the band took many different musical directions ranging from goth rock to glam rock. To be put simply, the band seemingly had the knack of keeping things interesting.

Listening to their "Greatest Hits" compilation May Death Never Stop You is no different than listening to any Greatest Hits collection that proceeded it. The band needs to give you an incentive to listen to the same songs you already know all over again. So contained within this collection is 19 tracks with one unreleased song titled "Fake Your Death" (hint:this is the incentive), 15 of the bands most popular songs, and three demos known as the "Attic Demos."

"Fake Your Death" is exactly what a My Chemical Romance song would sound like in 2014. The song contains soft vocals with strong accompanying stomps and claps over, over an Elfman style keyboard. The song is about escaping something you no longer want to be a part of. This is portrayed with some strong, yet somewhat cheesey lyrics. However the musical structure is compelling enough to showcase what My Chemical Romance has always excelled at, a catchy song, however this time with a somewhat subdued chorus. This showed this reviewer some maturation over the wildly eccentric Danger Days and prior work The Black Parade. However it is hard to judge the sincerity of the song, and if this direction would have been taken on a future release from the group.

The remaining 18 tracks consist of almost all of their singles released since their inception and three demos that have been released in some capacity. As a whole, it is just a looking back experience for the fan, or an introductory listen for those who came to the party too late. The track selection is more aimed to be looked at later as a summary of their popular work, than a collection of fan friendly works that would completely summarize what the band was all about. It should be noted that fan favorites "Dead", "To The End", "Thank You For The Venom", and "Boy Division" are missing. Live favorite "The World is Ugly" is missing as well. This is meant to be looked at similarly to an artists work after they pass, but something about the chosen tracks simply fall short of being looked at fondly by die-hard fans. However, for a trip down memory lane for the nostalgia seeker, this is perfect.

May Death Never Stop You is a fitting "finale" to a band that always pushed boundaries and were not afraid to let their eccentricities show in recordings or on stage. They always were able to keep things interesting for the fan and critic alike. As a collection it is just another greatest hits album. However it is a strong eulogy for a band that could never decide between Looking Alive, or being Dead.

"Some people watch, some people pray, but even lights can fade away."



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MotokoKusanagi
April 3rd 2014


564 Comments


decent band that gets a lot of hate (haven't heard their most recent stuff). super nostalgic im sure this is a fun compilation

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it is, I listened to it beginning to end at work last week. It is just another greatest hits compilation though.

unaMUSEd
April 3rd 2014


1174 Comments


Cancer and The Kids from Yesterday over How I Disappear and Bulletproof Heart... what were they thinking??

Digging: Bring Me the Horizon - Sempiternal

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bingo^ i wanted to put bulletproof heart on the list but i know anytime i say something danger days related on this site i get flamed. hahaha

unaMUSEd
April 3rd 2014


1174 Comments


I'd also liked to have seen The Only Hope For Me Is You and The Light Behind Your Eyes.

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

both are excellent

Mutantsnowstorm
April 3rd 2014


186 Comments


Kinda bummed that Dead and Bulletproof Heart aren't on here, but if anything I'd just be getting this for the demos and Fake Your Death

Digging: Walk the Moon - Talking is Hard

zakalwe
April 3rd 2014


9169 Comments


"As the band took many different musical directions ranging from goth rock to glam rock."

This typifies these style over substance, clueless, souless, misguided, directionless, mindless, compromising bunch of arseholes

Digging: The dB's - Stands For Decibels

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

While I disagree with what you say sir I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

zakalwe
April 3rd 2014


9169 Comments


Cool :D

weedblunt
April 3rd 2014


558 Comments


sleep shouldve been on here instead of mama

Mistico
April 3rd 2014


83 Comments


usually reviewing compilations is pointless

but you did a good job. nicely done.

Muisc4Life26
April 3rd 2014


2950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It doesn't have Fashion

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks mistico.

And I actually disagree on that one weedblunt.

Killerhit
April 3rd 2014


5440 Comments


fashion statement's got some good lyrics though

weedblunt
April 3rd 2014


558 Comments


sleep is like top 3 best mcr songs tho

Muisc4Life26
April 3rd 2014


2950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Demolition Lovers though

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


1733 Comments


This average is great.

Green Baron
April 3rd 2014


20355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not anymore

tmagistrelli
April 3rd 2014


741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

D'oh




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