Sound — 10
The sound is simply amazing. I love the guitar licks like in Famous Last Words and the solos like in Dead! I didn't really like the other CD. But one of my decent friends was obsessed with it so I had to listen to it, then when I saw that MCR had released another album I wasn't exactly emphatic. But then I listened to Famous Last Words and right way I loved the CD. I like the straight-up, hard guuitars in the album, Ray does a great job on this album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are much better than Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. Gerard's lyrics actually mean something but yet they're not like too emotional or poonish. They're just right for a rock band. Once I sat and listened to Welcome to the Black Parade over and over again for almost an hour just listening to the lyrics. I would've been ready to shoot myself if I had to do that for Helena. The lyrics match perfectly with their instruments. And Gerard is, as always, singing great.
Overall Impression — 10
If you're wondering if it compares to other albums, I would say it is better than most albums out right now. This album blew me away the first time I listened to the whole thing. I think the best songs are Famous Last Words, Welcome To The Black Parade, and Dead! I love (I know I've said it like 5 times) the cool guitars and drums in this album. If it were stolen by a gremlin or something, I would immediatly go get it once again.