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Album Review

If you're searching for a dose of party music or feel-good escapism, you won't find it on I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Lyrically, this debut album by My Chemical Romance is definitely on the dark side; lyrics like "The amount of pills I'm taking counteracts the booze I'm drinking" (from "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us") and "I think I'll love to die alone" (from "Cubicles") are typical of the New Jersey band's less than rosy outlook. But like so many angst-ridden alternative pop/rock and punk-pop artists who have emerged in the early 2000s, My Chemical Romance know how to be exuberant and introspective at the same time — musically, they tend to be aggressive and hard rocking, but lyrically, they're all about introspection. And that combination certainly isn't unique; from Nirvana to blink-182 to Creed — from post-grunge to emo — plenty of alterna-rockers have demonstrated that a band can rock aggressively and be introspective at the same time. But if My Chemical Romance are less than groundbreaking, they're good at what they do. Produced by Thursday's lead singer, Geoff Rickly, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is a generally decent effort — one that deals with a lot of negative emotions and does so in a very candid way. Some will find the lyrics depressing, but then, rock music isn't obligated to press the smile button 24 hours a day. Sadness, pessimism, anger, disillusionment — none of which are difficult to find on this album — are, like happiness, pleasure, and optimism, valid areas of rock expression. I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love falls short of exceptional, but it's a noteworthy, generally respectable debut for the New Jersey combo.

Customer Reviews

This Is the Best Album Ever

My Chemical Romance (MCR)'s first album, it is also their best. Skylines and Turnstiles (their first ever song) is brilliant, along with Vampire Will Never Hurt You. If you got into MCR by listening to The Black Parade, you might not like this - but if you don't try, you'll never know! If you haven't heard MCR before, get this and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.

Best Album I've Ever Bought.

This album has helped me through so much in my life, it's been there when I need it. I thank MCR for this... It's outstanding what it does for me and I presume so many other people in a dark place.
One little gripe, iTunes - it's Early Sunsets Over Monroeville, not Monrover. And this album completely overshoots exceptional, not falls short of it.
Other than that... I have nothing bad to say about this album at all. It's far less popular than The Black Parade is... But to me it's just as amazing.


Raw, furious, yet tender, and just plain beautiful.

Every man in this band has cut himself open and put his darkest emotions on display here, and it shows. This album helped me through so much.

Best tracks: Honey, this mirror..., Skylines and Turnstiles, Our Lady of Sorrows, This is the Best Day Ever, and the intro for Headfirst for Halos is fantastic. Never heard anything like it. This album is completely unique, and completely amazing.


Formed: 11 September 2001 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With their emo-punk songwriting, theatrical vocals, and neo-goth appearance, My Chemical Romance rose from the East Coast underground to the forefront of modern rock during the early 2000s. In keeping with the tragic element of the group's best-known singles -- including "Helena," "I'm Not OK (I Promise)," and "Welcome to the Black Parade" -- My Chemical Romance has roots in catastrophe, as frontman Gerard Way decided to form the band after watching the World Trade Center collapse on September 11,...
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