Sound — 10
My Chemical Romance has returned with "The Black Parade" and I have to tell you that it may be their best effort to date. It is a concept record about a cancer patient (creatively titled "The Patient") who is dying and when he starts to die, a militaristic marching band dressed in black comes to take him away. Gerard Way (singer) beleives that before death, everyone envisions the strongest memory they had, and for The Patient, it's his father taking him to see a marching band (As you can tell by the opening lyrics of Welcome To The Black Parade). TBP is very different from the other two releases (Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and I borught You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.) First of all all of the songs fell slower and less brutal than the songs on Three Cheers and Bullets. Second, everyone in the band has improved on their parts. The singing is a lot better, the drumming and bass, and last but not least, the guitars. The other two albums were about getting revenge. This album is more like getting over your problems, in a non-violent way.
Lyrics — 9
This band has talent when it comes to lyrics. They aren't straightforward with you either. They like to use metaphors and lots of imagery, which is what every good songwriter should use. Now, I know there are lots of songwriters that are way better and more talented than MCR, but I love the way they write their music. Gerard has quit drinking, so he is much better with his singing on this record. I think there are three songs on this record where I love the lyrics. "Dead!", "The Sharpest Lives", and "House of Wolves". I like the lyrics on Dead! because it's fun to sing along. The Sharpest Lives is amazing because the entire song is fast and fun to sing. My favorite part to sing along with is the verse. And finally House of Wolves because it's so punishing (Well I think I'm gonna burn in Hell! Everybody burn the house down).
Overall Impression — 9
MCR definately sets apart from the other bands out there. It isnt really a thing you can describe, you just have to listen and see for yourself. I can't really name a song on the record that is "my favorite", but the one I like the least is "Sleep". I love how each song on the album is completely different from each other. I felt that in Three Cheers, most of the songs sounded the same (Although many of you will disagree). The thing that really gets to me though is the fact that it basically copied Pink Ployd's "The Wall". The intro song on the Wall is called "In the Flesh?" and the song resembles "The End" very much. I lost respect for the band after I listened to "The Wall". Well if this record was stolen for me, I believe I would have to hunt down the person that stole it and violently kill them. Did I mention very violently? I have been counting down to the day this record released (October 24th) since the day I heard the release date of TBP. Call me obsessed, but I love this band.