Sound — 10
The sound on this album has changed dramatically from the raw aggression of the previous albums. Each song is a unique venture into the life (or death) of 'The Patient', a cancer victim who is dying at the start of the album, and dead by the second track, "Dead!" The album relives his life, his memories and his regrets; his strongest memory being the 'Black Parade', a marching band he saw when he was young. Each song is individual in style and message, there's at least one song for everyone on this album, from the emotional, sorrowful "Cancer", to the polka-styled "Mama", and the comic, yet dark, and even Monty Python-like "Blood". A more refined sound than there previous albums.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of this album are again deeply diverse, but mostly contain double-meanings. Such as the song "Disenchanted", in one way a song about 'The Patient' confronting his imminent death, but also conveying Gerard Way's feelings about his recent fall out with The Used. The lyrical style of the album is again extremely different from previous albums, whereas "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" was an aggressive, violent, portrayal of one man's quest to bring his lover back from the dead, "The Black Parade" is more balanced, and, whilst still dark and brooding, the lyrics convey this in a much more subtle manner, more complex than previous outings.
Overall Impression — 10
In my personal opinion, the album "Three Cheers" is better, but this album is still wonderful in it's own right, way ahead of any competition. This album has something for everyone, even if it is only one song that reaches you. The only negative aspect of this album is that it's comparatively slower than the previous two, although that is only personal preference, and others may think this an advantage. A first-class album overall, and another great performance from My Chemical Romance.