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The Black Parade

My Chemical Romance

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Let's get right to the point here: My Chemical Romance's third studio album is much more than a major creative leap for the black, red and mascara-tinged heroes of the beaten, the broken and the New Jersey-bred. It's also one of the most immediately accessible, jugular-draining concept albums in years. That's because it overshadows any hint of pretension with pop pleasantries of a glam, classic rock and operatic nature, even as singer Gerard Way funnels his finest storytelling skills into a gleefully morbid tale of cancer and chemo, final words and flatlines. In simple terms, The Black Parade is the Sgt. Peppers' of the Tim Burton/Warped Tour generation, from its carefully plotted story arc to sleeve art with skeletons posing as a militaristic marching band. In more debatable words, it's easily the best Top 40 rock record you'll hear this year––self-conscious to a shameless degree and a tasteful tribute to the Queen's and the Bowie's it "borrows" from in scope and sound.

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Welcome To The Black Parade

THE END – This song starts off with a beeping heart monitor. The verse doesn’t have much sound to it until Gerard screams and you know the chorus is coming up. The chorus contains dark guitar riffs and the second chorus contains actual words. This song makes you feel like you re about to be taken on a journey. DEAD! – This song has a very bouncy feeling to it throughout the whole song. It contains guitars, horns and other instruments. The verse is very much like a dark pop. The chorus is similar to the verse but much better. This song has a great guitar solo and the ending is a “la-la” sing-a-long which sounds amazing. THIS IS HOW I DISAPPEAR – This song is several shades blacker than any other song on the album. People who loved their last, dark, gothic album will love this song. The guitar has a sense of kill and the tone is very dark and ready to explode. THE SHARPEST LIVES – This song has a strong verse with great vocals and drums. The chorus is “deadly” and really could be similar to their last album’s songs as well. The lyrics are very dark and deep. WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE – This song starts off very slow with piano and eventually works its way up to a great fast beat. The beginning is very catchy, the verse contains great drums and the chorus is so big! The bridge is supposed to be like a pit stop before the ending of the song which is spectacular. I DON’T LOVE YOU – This is the first song on the album that is supposed to be a ballad. The verse is very casual with very heart reaching guitar. The chorus has amazing vocals that fill your heart with sadness. HOUSE OF WOLVES - The song starts with a tom drum rhythm throughout the verses. The chorus is attacking and forceful. This song is destined to be a live favorite. CANCER – The slowest song on the album involving piano and the drums come in on the second verse. This song will reach and touch 1 out of 3 people’s hearts. Listen to the words of this song and realize what it is all about. MAMA – A very catchy and bouncy song. The verse is irresistible to sing to. The chorus is something you would not expect after hearing the verse. The chorus is very shocking and bigger than the rest of the song. SLEEP – This song starts with people murmuring words. Then it is interrupted by a guitar opening that is so big. The verse is very understandable. The chorus is great to listen to altogether and keeps you listening. TEENAGERS – The words of this song are very, very true. The verse explains everything that teenagers do. The chorus is a shock when they shout their anger with great guitar, a very funny song. DISENCHANTED – Great vocals, very great vocals. The drums keep in tune with the song well. The guitar in the beginning is very emotional. FAMOUS LAST WORDS: Very glorious harmonies and heart saving guitar. The guitar is so dark sometimes and sometimes it’s so uplifting. The chorus is definitely the best part; it attacks you and leaves you with a sense of hope for the end of the record.

AMAZING FROM START TO FINISH!!!!!

i have been waiting for this album for MONTHS the songs 1) The End. - the opening, like the introduction to what the record is about 2) Dead! - The best song on the entire album, very wonderfully amazing 3)This Is How I Disappear- really good, 2nd best in my opinion 4)The Sharpest Lives- very catchy, its been stuck in my head all day 5)Welcome to the Black Parade- about the character, the patient dying and its their new single 6)I Don't Love You- slow song, not as slow as "Cancer" 7)House Of Wolves-upbeat, amazing 8)Cancer- the saddest song ever, it made me cry 9)Mama- very funny in my opinion 10) Sleep-one of the slower songs 11) Teenagers- describes how we are going to try to be pushed into being perfect citizens 12) Disenchanted- acoustic feel, slow song, 13)Famous Last Words- really good, overall, My Chemical Romace has outdone themselves, their best record to date =]

A masterpiece, will be on every "greatest rock albums of all time" lists

This album is hands down one of the best albums of 2006. Actually, it's probably one of the best albums to be released these past few years. It's so good that I'm actually speechless. I honestly don't know what to write here. I guess I'll just talk about a few points instead of reviewing the whole album. -First of all, I really hope people won't judge this album based on the bands past. We all know that for some reason people hate My Chemical Romance. Well, this album is definitely not MCR. They're the Black Parade now. So forget about the bands Hot Topic fame, and just listen to this album as you would any other album. -About the bands transformation from MCR to TBP; I hope people realize this transformation was not only physical. Yes, they band members have changed their looks. But hellooo, we're talking about the music here. Yes, they have transformed as musicians too. For starters, Gerard has greatly improved his voice. I honestly hated his voice in the past, especially live. But watching the AOL sessions now, my jaw pretty much hit the floor. He sounds amazing. And the other members; well, they were already pretty amazing at their instruments. But believe it or not, they're actually better now. The drums and guitars on this album leave me mesmerized. Just...woww... (Sadly, I can't hear Mikey that well, just like their previous MCR albums. My favorite band is the Hush Sound, where the bass lines are a very important part of the songs, so it's very weird for me that I'm having a hard time hearing the bass on this album...and pretty much every other album out today. People need to realize that the electric bass is a great instrument that adds so much to the song and stop putting it so much in the background of the song.) This also has to be mentioned; this album has too many guitar solos... AWESOME!!!!1!!11! -I don't know why I'm stating the obvious here, buttt it must be mentioned. Yes, the Beatles and Queen had sex and gave birth to this album. But the really incredible thing here is that MCR was able to take that sound and make it their own. There is something really familiar about these songs, yet they're really very fresh. -There are a few songs on this album that really stand out to me. The Sharpest of Lives is definitely one of the catchiest. Followed by The House of Wolves. (I know this is kinda weird, but the House of Wolves reminds me so much of the White Stripes. I love me some Jack White.) Oh and Dead! That song is usually stuck in my head all day. And Sleep. I'd mention Cancer too, but I don't want to start crying again. Okay so those are just some of the best tracks on the album, in my opinion. However, there are 2 songs that to me, stand out like me at a Kevin Federline concert. Teenagers and Mama. What can I say about these songs? They're just... asdfghjkl. I have so many questions about these songs that I wish I could ask the band. What inspired them to do southern rock song? No, I'm not kidding. Teenagers is southern rock. You may think that this would not work, but this song is seriously original. oh and how the heck did they get Liza Minelli to be on the album? She's on the albums most interesting song as Mama herself. I just loooove this song. It reminds me so much of that movie "Big Fish". It's not that insane, it still has that MCR sound in the chorus, but the rest of the song is definitely different. I also like the lyrics for some reason. -I think I read somewhere that people were calling this the Sgt. Pepper of our time. I don't think this album is THAT groundbreaking. Afterall, this has all been done before. But I know it's going to have the same impact as Sgt. Pepper on a certain age group. Kids today listen to certain "hip" bands that all follow the same formula to make music. MCR is breaking from that pattern and doing something different with this album. Hopefully, they won't be labeled "emo" anymore and the emo kids who listen to them stop trying to fit into the emo mold and just be themselves. There's nothing wrong with being emo, I just dont like the fact that bands who are not emo are labeled as such and heaped into a pile with completely different bands. I also don't like labeling and categorizing people. But anyways, the beauty of this album is that people of any age will enjoy it. Actually, older people may like it more cause like I've mentioned before, it has obvious elements of the Beatles and Queen. -I've read a few reviews of this album here and there, and I was shocked to see that everyone gave them at least a 4 out of 5. If the snobby music reviewers, who give more negative reviews than postivie, call this album a freakin masterpiece, then they must be on to something, right? So like I've said, forget about everything you knew about MCR in the past, download the whole album (or the tracks that I mentioned), put on your headphones and give this album a listen.

Biography

Formed: September 11, 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...
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