Sound — 10
The CD's sounds are amazing. It starts off ona good note as the first two songs on the CD, "The End" and "Dead!", seem to mix into each other with the overall sound of them sort of oldschool, especially the guitars, played by Frank Iero and Ray Toro, along with the bass, played by Mikey Way on "Dead!", which seem to sound a lot like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". On the soing This Is How I Disappear, the guitars manage to maintain a catchy beat that seems to flow perfectly with singer Gerard Way's voice. On "The Sharpest Lives", the simple guitars and drums yet again go along pefectly with Way's voice. It even has a pretty good shred guitar solo, which isn't usually MCR's style. The of course, after that comes "Welcome to the Black Parade", which is one of the best put together songs on the album. It starts off with Way and a piano, and moves quickly into a very upbeat song, ending on a high note, with a parade-like finish. The next song, " I Don't Love You" is one of the songs on the CD made more for Gerard's singing. It still has a pretty catchy beat, though, mostly thanks to the guitar solo, and vocal solo, towards the end of the song. The track after that, "House Of Wolves", is Bob Bryars turn to shine, with probably the best drum solo on the CD. It helps maintain the oldschool style of the CD with the sound of Toro and Way switching off from guitars to vocals at one point of the song. After that comes the slowest song on the CD, Cancer. With the piano, drums, and distant strings in the background, it almost sounds like a pop song with Ray Toro as backup vocals. Then it's time for "Mama", with Liza Minneli, who has her one part, at which Gerard Way shouts back quick obcenities, and then does a duet with her. This song has pretty good guitars at some points, and if you listen closely to the chorus, you can hear Toro going "La la la la la", which is pretty funny, along with Minelli sobbing at the very end. After "Mama", comes the song "Sleep, which is mainly good for the instruments towards the beginning and the end. The strange voice at some parts of it adds a sense of weirdness to the song, which paves the way for "Teenagers, which has plenty of cussing uin sort of a funny way throughout the chorus.The guitars in the solo along with the drums definitley make it oldschool."Disenchanted", which has exeptional guitars, both electric and acoustic is very easy to play, but still sounds good. It definitely shows that Ray Toro can play on any type of guitar. After this is the crazy "Famous Last Words", with it's dark sound, and electrifying guitar solo. Finally, comes the hidden track, "Blood". This song is more of a joke than anything, as it sounds like a puppet show, but a good one. Overall, the Black Parade has an amazing sound to it.
Lyrics — 10
After witnessing the attack on the Twin Towers, Gerard Way based this whole album on death, along with the "bodies in the street in "Welcome To the Black Parade". The album is about a Cancer victim who is dying in the first song, and is dead by the second. Way also wrote the most emotional song he's ever written through "Cancer", and writes about not caring about sins or forgiveness in "House Of Wolves", and "I Don't Love You". Some songs have a sense of humor in their lyrics, such as "Blood", and "Teenagers". In all of the songs, the words fit in right along with the music, andf Gerard's voice is amazing.
Overall Impression — 10
This album could go along in history as one of the greatest ever, and definetley is the best of 2006. All the songs are great, and the addition of Bob Bryar was a good one. Liza Minelli didd her job good, and the entire album was worth an 11 out of 10.