Sound — 10
After releasing The Black Parade to great aplomb, one would be forgiven for thinking that My Chemical Romance would sit back on their laurels and write a "sequel" to the concept album that dealt with life and death in such an emotional way. Well thankfully, Gerard Way and Co have ripped up the rule book and written an album that not only transcends the punk/pop genres, but an album chock-full of killer riffs, choruses and energy. Danger Days could, in all fairness be considered a concept album. From the introduction by fictional DJ Death Defying, Danger Days tells the story of the lives of the "Fabulous Killjoys". The band poses as the four Killjoys: "Party Poison" (Gerard Way), "Jet Star" (Ray Toro), "Fun Ghoul" (Frank Iero), and "Kobra Kid" (Mikey Way), The Killjoys are fighting for freedom against an evil corporation in the year 2019 and every track gives you a taste of their journey towards notoriety. Artsy, punchy, punky and downright epic - Danger Days is a massive leap forward by a band who could've been pigeonholed as emo but have shaken off the label and re-invented their sound and it has certainly reinvigorated them.
Lyrics — 10
Gerard Way was always criticised on The Black Parade for his whiny storytelling and thankfully, on Danger Days he has opted for a snarling punky sound to his singing. The lyrics tell the story of our heroes, fighting against an evil conglomerate and each song is a brilliant little tribute to the set-piece that is being played out in the story.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to The Black Parade, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge & I Brought You My Bullets - Danger Days is a breath of fresh air. Combining killer hooks with energy, fun and a song-writing audacity that hasn't often been seen since Queen. My Chemical Romance have ripped up the formula they followed in their previous albums and have starting building the foundations of their career from scratch - to sensational effect. I would highly recommend buying Danger Days - it is a remarkable listen from start to finish. Particular highlights have to Bulletproof Heart, Party Poison and The Kids From Yesterday.