Sound — 9
On this CD the sound differs from their first two drastically. The guitars sound more like rock instead of the wierd finger picking and hammer ons they used on three cheers for sweet revenge. Ray and frank did some crazy solos on this CD and that's probably the first thing that struck me. The song Dead! really surprised me because I didn't see my chem doing anything like that on three cheers for sweet revenge. Bob Bryar definetly improved on his drums and threw in some crazy fillsalong wiht a really cool jazz-type beat on "house of wolves". Mikey seemed a little bit up staged by the big thatrics of frank and ray. There's no true bass solos on this cd. Gerard Way blew my mind out on this album. There's harmonies stacked to eternity and it's not like he just went in the studio and made up the notes. They seemed carefully planned like on "The Sharpest Lives" where he whispers then goes into a two part harmony. Overall the sound is more theatrical and arena ready then the first two albums.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this are way better. They have a meaning to them or are just really cool. On Dead! in the end he's singing la la la la la but in the background he says "If love is just a joke then why are we living." The lyrics are really cool over all, especially on emotional tracks liek "Cancer" and "Mama" when he gets into them and you can feel how much his mom hates him. And on "Famous Last Words" when they sing about living on and never giving up, they have a messageg unlike three cheers when they tlak about kisses from serpents and bloody swords. Overall they're perfect.
Overall Impression — 10
I was blown away by this album and quickly it turned into one of my favorite cds. The best tracks I think are "Dead!" "This Is How I Dissappear", "Welcome To The Black Parade," "Hous Of Wolves," "Sleep" and "Famous Last Words". If someone jacked me up and took my compact disc I would buy about 5 more copies just to make sure I never go without having one.