Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge review by My Chemical Romance

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  • Released: Jun 8, 2004
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 2.5 (1,844 votes)
My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Sound — 10
I got this CD on a buying binge one day. I'd heard "I'm Not Okay", and I wasn't too impressed at the time, but I found the music video pretty amusing. I picked it up, and was imediately entranced by the instrumentals in Helena. It seemed to only get better. To me, MCR has their own unique style. They combine a lot of different techniques to make their guitar work and other various instruments fit the meanings of the songs very well. For example, Hang 'Em High has a perfect western feel to it. But they can change from that style to Ghost Of You, which leans more to the emo rock side of the spectrum. I think their background music is amazing and conveys the images of the songs in a superb manner.

Lyrics — 8
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is quite obviously a concept album. They have a plot randomly conveyed within the songs. I think that some of their lyrics are obscure in a way that they have far too many meanings. You can tell the overall meanings in the songs, but trying to combine them in a plot is a lot easier said than done. I think they did a pretty good job with bringing out each and every individual song's meaning, but I think their song order was a bit sloppy. It's nice to have a band that can make you actually think about their work, but MCR does it in a fairly confusing manner. If you have a lot of patience and interest in figuring out the deeper meanings and plots of songs, than they will fit you pretty well.

Overall Impression — 9
When I first got TCFWR, I really thought that it was some of the most amazing music I'd heard that year. I hurriedly bought their previous album and was disappointed. I think they changed their style a lot in this new album. Very much for the better, at that. Their old style was a lot more sloppy in my view, as well as emo enough to make you want to gag. I think they improved greatly with this album, and hopefully they'll confinue in this direction with their next album. I always find myself picking it back up after I've grown sick of it. This album is very addicting. You've been warned.

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    I wonder if the people who argue against the album have listened to it. It's a concept album. It pertains to a storyline. There is nothing mentioned about some teen cutting himself. It's a story in music, and anyone stupid enough to believe otherwise obviously doesn't have an ounce of comprehension to the english lanuage.
    Compared to their last album Bullets (a classic), Revenge has a much more rich and professional sound
    erm,if it doesn't sound professional, how cna it be a classic? The Sex Pistols album, definitive punk, is classic, but that was Proffesioanally produced,same with Nevermind by Nirvana, even In Utero in a way, produced by Steve Albini, in a certain style, professionally, I hope you all get my point, if not, then simply,if you're gonna review, don't be blatantly mega biased one way or the other or say stupid things. hard for some i know, lmao : )
    I luv MCR! so whoever doesnt like them, stop posting fricken reviews about them!
    y the **** do people write stuff about albums they hate..obviously they have no this album is sooo fkn good, but still not as good as bullets..
    This album is awesome! Gerard is a good vocalist, unlike most modern rock singers, and, also unlike modern rock singers, he is a descent entertainer. Now I aint baggin' the new frontmen of this generation of music, Im just sayin, how many guys anymore sing like Gerard w/o screaming. Ray Toro can play really friggin good, and Im glad to here solos back in hard rock/punk. Frank, Mikey, and Bob are all great talents in music. This is a great band with an album to show for it.