The Black Parade review by My Chemical Romance

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  • Released: Oct 24, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (1,210 votes)
My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade
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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.

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    stoney920
    Fossilized Love wrote: shossni wrote: This is a piece of shit band... their second album was much better... Headfirst for Halos and songs like that... that guy that commented, jetfuel495... this album has EMO all over it, and the guitars are the same, always been good.. and yes, no bass at all.. "The Black Parade" is sang like shit, and mixes punk and EMO.. =BAD!!... lyrics sounds Nazi, so does the cover look Nazi.."The Black Parade".. fascists in black shirts.. "destroy the unfaithful" c'mon... this is commercial music that ****s up kids everywhere... and that guy who said "MTV Band=nono" you're the greatest.. u'r rite.. This band has gone in decline, and headfirst to a big pile of shit.. where it's full of bands like Green Day... Look at all those periods. Where's Pacman when you need him?
    amen to that one.
    stoney920
    shossni wrote: This is a piece of shit band... their second album was much better... Headfirst for Halos and songs like that... that guy that commented, jetfuel495... this album has EMO all over it, and the guitars are the same, always been good.. and yes, no bass at all.. "The Black Parade" is sang like shit, and mixes punk and EMO.. =BAD!!... lyrics sounds Nazi, so does the cover look Nazi.."The Black Parade".. fascists in black shirts.. "destroy the unfaithful" c'mon... this is commercial music that ****s up kids everywhere... and that guy who said "MTV Band=nono" you're the greatest.. u'r rite.. This band has gone in decline, and headfirst to a big pile of shit.. where it's full of bands like Green Day...
    okk well if you don't like the band then why are you wasting your life telling people who do like the band how much they suck. get a life. by saying that MCR is gay emo faggot bitch homo ***** whatever the **** you said, you're just making yourself look like an idiot and you aren't going to change anyones feelings about the music. so stop crying to mommy about how the big bad bands music made you all sad and you scraped your knee. shutup and go bitch to someone who cares.