Sound — 10
This newest My Chemical Romance album is much more epic, and also much better, than their previous offering, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, though that is also a very good album. Piano is introduced more often to the band's songs, giving them an extra level of musical genius. The guitarists are obviously very skilled, shown in some of the solos on this album, and the rest of the band are also enormously talented. The music on this album is very upbeat in places, offsetting the slightly depressing lyrics perfectly. The 4 singles from this album, Welcome To The Black Parade, Famous Last Words, I Don't Love You and Teenagers, represent the album perfectly. One thing I don't get however, is the way the album is supposed to follow the story of a cancer patient. After the first 2 songs, I can't really understand where the story is meant to be going. However, all in all, an extremely good album of music, one of my favourites.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on this album continue to be slightly depressing in their subject matter, though they now seem to concentrate on the grief and sadness side of the subject, rather than the angry or vengeful side. However, on songs like Dead! and Mama, the upbeat tone of the music makes the lyrics sound joking, playful and very slightly psychopathic. There are still genuinely sad songs on the album, the main one being Cancer, the one song other than the first 2 that seems to relate to the cancer patient the album is about, where the lyrics fit perfectly with the music. The lyrics themselves are very good and meaningful. I can see why some could find Gerard Way's voice annoying, but I love his singing, now he has lost the screaming tone he used on previous albums. The guest appearance of Liza Minelli on the track Mama also spices up the singing style.
Overall Impression — 10
This album first got me into My Chemical Romance, after hearing Welcome To The Black Parade on the TV. The overall quality of the songs is stunning, showing a variety of different styles, all of which are amazing. Once I heard this album all the way through, I had trouble seeing any flaws in it. There simply aren't any bad harmonies, riffs or anything. The songs on the album are all incredible, but ones that stand out for me are Dead!, Welcome To The Black Parade, Cancer and Teenagers. In my opinion, it's one of the greatest albums ever, improving dramatically on Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. If I lost this album, and I lost my computer with it on, I would most definitely buy it again.