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MCR's The Black Parade is still one of my favourite albums. The soundtrack to my teenage years, when it came out, The Black Parade felt fresh and honest. Yes, it is dramatic, but what the hell is wrong with that?
Gerard Way is an amazing lyricist, with an affecting vocal skill. My Chemical Romance's songs create an intense beauty teamed with a revelling pain.
And The Black Parade does not hold back from revelling in pain. This is not, as the uber-paranoid Daily Mail insisted at the time, because My Chemical Romance are at the head of a suicide cult. No, instead this is and always has been about realising that there is dark, there is pain, but you're still here.
This is a concept album - an album that revolves around the titular Black Parade, the dwelling place of the restless dead who march (in gothic style with a hint of glam-rock might I add,) through the desolated wastes of the afterlife. It's not actually as grim as you would think. It's actually very beautiful. Several tracks are centred on 'the Patient' - the newest member of the black parade, spiralling through terminal illness and death, though which tracks exactly these are has been the subject of many fairly heated internet discussions ever since the album was released.
The music itself is strident, almost confrontational, in tone. Occasionally this is broken up by a discordant melancholy that, if anything, only adds to the intensity.
My Chem has long inspired almost religious devotion from their fans. That's because Gerard Way is quite right - My Chem is more than just a band: it's an idea. And having been playing the album non-stop (again!) for about a week now - I can say that it's still as amazing as ever.
I remember 'Welcome to the Black Parade' (track 5 on the album) being released, it was everywhere and really put My Chemical Romance on the map, as before this album they were not too well known, and were certainly not mainstream. This album was definitely the must have album of 2006.
It is a really good mix of music, My Chemical Romance manages to incorporate almost every emotion into their music, there are songs which will make you feel stronger, sad, happy, and no one song is the same.
I personally think that this is the best album which will ever be released by this band, as the music on their new album is completely different and I think has been changed to make the mainstream accept it more, which I disapprove of very strongly.
I love this album as it encourages individuality, it puts across a strong message to teenagers, or anyone for that matter, who feel as though they do not belong, it tells anyone who wants to listen that you should never change for anyone else and it gives the listener strength to do just this.
I love this album because it went against the mainstream and told us all to never conform to what society deems as 'normal'.
The Black Parade is the album which put MCR on the music map and for a good reason, it is epic. Firstly, the first two songs in the album join together to make one mega song. The first song is named "The End" which is inappropriate because it is only the start of an immense mix of catchy tunes and iconic lyrics. This album has been on repeat ever since I first heard it and if you have listened to their lastest release "Danger Days" and want to see what MCR's old stuff is like, I could not recomment this album enough. The single "Welcome to the black parade" is still played on radio to this day due to its iconic lyrics and a riff which will be stuck in your head. Black Parade received positive reviews and reached number 2 in the UK and US charts and its tour lasted for around two years simply because demand for the band was so high. Overall, friggin epic!!
My Chemical Romance (MCR)'s major breakthrough album, The Black Parade is an emotional journey with songs where you can sense the emotion and power put into recording them to songs which make you feel great and just want to punch the air in joy.
This album kick-started my love for MCR and it's safe to say that I'm glad it did. Once you give this album a listen all the way through, you will definitely be wanting more and I would put money on the fact you will purchase one of their previous albums.
As good as this album is, it is definitely not for everyone. My Chemical Romance have developed a large fan base of young teens to 50 year olds in some circumstances who wouldn't give a limb for this band, but they also have a large number of people who would love it if this band stopped making music for good. But if you're willing to try something new and be open-minded about music, this could very well be the album for you.
~Reasons for Buying~
I purchased this album from eBay about three and a half years ago. I had heard a lot of the songs on it and thought it sounded quite fun and like something I would really enjoy listening to. It was quite cheap on eBay, as it was only about £4, whereas I remember seeing it in HMV around the same time and it cost about £10 there. So I felt as though I was getting a good bargain when I ordered it from eBay.
The plastic CD case is protected by a cardboard cover that slides over the top of it. This is what you can see in the picture provided. The words 'my chemical romance' are written in what looks like black pen that someone has written then gone round every letter over and over again to get it so thick. This makes the album stand out, in my opinion.
Inside the plastic case there is a paper that folds out. On this you will find the lyrics to all the songs, written out in newspaper print style. The other side is illustrated with what I think is 'the black parade'. It is quite creepy and gothic, but definitely very original.
My Chemical Romance is a band whose genres are indie rock and punk. You could be forgiven for saying it is quite emo and very gothic. They certainly don't look too happy in the photo of the band on the back of the CD case! The instruments you will hear are drums, guitars, bass. It is mostly quite fast and jumpy. I also really like Gerard Way's (the lead singer's) voice. It is unique and fits in well with the music style.
1 The End
3 This Is How I Disappear
4 The Sharpest Lives
5 Welcome To The Black Parade
6 I Don't Love You
7 House Of Wolves
13 Famous Last Words
I think it is really great how the album starts off with a song called The End! The track listing overall is very consistent with perhaps one weak link, if that. If you like their music you will love this album because I can't really fault it for track listing and ordering.
My favourite songs on the album are I Don't Love You and Famous Last Words. The only song I'm not too keen on is Teenagers although as this did quite well in the charts this obviously isn't the opinion shared by everyone, and most people I know like it best. I love the first three songs on the album, too. They are all quite quick tempo and jumpy which sort of warms you up to listening to the rest of the album.
There are a couple of more depressing songs on the album; Cancer being one that comes to mind straight away. But it just brings variation into what songs are there to listen to.
Overall I would definitely recommend this album. I loved it three years ago when I got it and still don't mind having a listen to it now and again nowadays. It is fantastic and was a great buy. Recommended
My Chemical Romance have actually been around for a lot longer than I had realised but really came to my attention after I had heard the extremely catchy Helena, however upon looking into the band a bit more, it really didn't seem to appeal to me too much.
Then fast forward the clock a bit and I was hearing nothing but superlatives being attached to the The Black Parade, so I decided to once again venture into My Chemical Romance, only this time I was not disappointed.
This is a concept album, in the same way that Green Day's American Idiot is only this time it starts out the death of the singer followed by his contemplative thoughts from the grave, as he ponders his entire life and the people closest to him. The albums begins with the sounds of a respirator followed by the gentle strumming of a guitar before roaring into life. It's a good start to the album albeit it's a little short.
Of course the most well known of the songs on here has to be The Black Parade which is a brilliant composition in which he recalls a parade his Dad took him to see and something he will never see again. This song has everything, great lyrics, a brilliant build up, a truly wonderful guitar riff, a high tempo and an extremely catchy hook which you can't help but sing.
This song is matched by the haunting Cancer, a piano is the backdrop is to a song where he describes in vivid detail his last encounter with his family as they gather around his bed side. It is a very brave song because it touches on such a serious issue but it's pulled off with aplomb and my only gripe is that I want to hear more of it.
This is one of my favourite albums, if it not my favourite album. It is packed with truly sublime songs, terrific guitar work, energy and lyrics which really are a cut above. The lyrics and vocals really capture the atmosphere of the songs in stunning detail. There are some slower songs on here and there are some harder rock songs on here to. In fact there is a terrific variation of songs on display but what they all have in common is a terrific sense of melody. The singer does not have the most angelic of voices, but he has powerful vocals and they perfectly fit the tone of the songs.
There are so many songs which stand out on this album and therefore I should also give a mention to the brilliant Mama. He is writing to his mum from the battlefield and of course is somewhat controversial as he tells her that he is going to go to hell for his killings and is becoming much closer to his own mortality.
The fast paced, powerful Last Words is a fantastic way to finish the album, with the bonus track Blood following which I don't really enjoy. In fact some times Last Words is my favourite song off the album. It is a message to his former lover his last words to her. It is wonderfully catchy and again features an extremely catchy guitar riff and lyrics packed full of emotion.
This is a musical opera and while I compared it to Green Day's, in truth this is much more sophisticated and more polished and just, well a lot more fun. There are very few songs that don't work on here and perhaps the only real oddity from the actual 13 album tracks is Sleep but this is not a bad song it just doesn't scale the heights of the other songs.
5/5 no question
1. "The End." 1:52
2. "Dead!" 3:15
3. "This Is How I Disappear" 3:59
4. "The Sharpest Lives" 3:22
5. "Welcome to the Black Parade" 5:11
6. "I Don't Love You" 3:58
7. "House of Wolves" 3:04
8. "Cancer" 2:22
9. "Mama" 4:39
10. "Sleep" 4:43
11. "Teenagers" 2:41
12. "Disenchanted" 4:55
13. "Famous Last Words" 4:58
14. "Blood" (hidden track, starts at 1:3
My Chemical Romance is a band who originated in New Jersey in 2001 they sing Emo and Pop Punk genres of music. This is the first My Chemical Romance album I have owned and I am seriously impressed.
I'm the type of person of when I hear a song I like then I will have that song in my head all the time and then I will go and buy the album. The song this time was "Teenagers". I think it's because I can relate to this song so much since I am a teenager myself.
I feel that the quality of the music on this album is amazing and can not understand why I it took me so long to catch on and start listening to them since they are such a great band but now that I am I listen to this album just about everyday.
"The End" is the first track on this cd and personally I don't like it. I think it's because I like songs that are catchy and have good riffs that repeat themselves over and over. I just feel like this does not do that. 6/10
I love the song "Dead" how it opens is cool I love the beats they are really catchy. I love the chorus too because if you are listening to the lyrics they will repeat in your head. 10/10
"This Is How I Disappear" is one of my favorites on the album the way the song starts is really memorable I just love the guitar playing at the start. I find this song just following into my head randomly sometimes during the day and I sometimes get a craving to listen to this song. 10/10
"The Sharpest Lives" is another one of the songs that I love the tune and lyrics stick in my head. 9/10
"Welcome To The Back Parade" is one of the songs that I find ok It's a unique song but it fits in well with the other songs in the album. I find that the song is telling us a story. 6/10
"I Don't Love You" is a song that when I first heard it I loved it but when I listened to it again and again I went off the song I'm afraid to say. However saying that this is still a very good song and when I listen to it, just chills me out and relaxes me which is nice. 8/10
"House Of Wolves" is my favorite song on the whole album I have it set as my mobile phones ring tone. It's just one of the songs which makes you want to listen to it the more times you listen to it. 10/10
"Cancer" this song makes me sad because a person in my family who I am very close to and who I love very much had died of cancer and I never knew her very well because I was very young when she died. It was not her own fault either it was just chance. The song makes me upset because it just reminds me of what the family must of gone through when you listen to the lyrics. I know that this song does effect allot of people who has been effected by cancer both directly and indirectly. That aside it is a good song. 9/10
"Sleep" is a song that when I first listened to it and I loved it because the song sticks in my head and the lyrics are really strong. 8/10
"Teenagers" is a very good song this is mainly because I can relate to it. 7/10
"Disenchanted" is one of the songs that I don't like on the album it's so boring and does not have any tune to it. 1/10
"Famous Last Words" Is a song that I like. This is because it has a good beat in it and is catchy. 8/10
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"The Black Parade" is the third album by American emo group My Chemical Romance. I was given this CD as a present and although its not the sort of music I normally listen to I thought I would give it a chance.
The only My Chemical Romance song I had ever heard was "I'm Not Okay" which I thought was quite good, so I was disappointed when I realized there were not many songs on the album like it. In fact, it was not until track 5 "The Black Parade" that I found a track I liked. The creepy piano is good along with Gerard Way's singing but after that ends and the guitar comes in it just starts to sound like most other songs on this album.
"Cancer" is the eight song on the album and is one of the better songs. It is as the title suggests about Cancer and written from the point of view of someone dying of the disease. Like the majority of the album it is a bleak and morbid song. The bleakness is ended by my favourite song on the album "Teenagers"." Teenagers" is a light-hearted and infectiously catchy song about, you guessed it, teenagers. It's a fun song and I would have preferred if there were more songs like it on the album.
The only other song of note is the last one," Famous Last Words". It had huge success as a single and rises above the mediocrity on this album.
"My Chemical Romance" isn't really the sort of band I would normally listen to, and this album isn't going to break that trend. Although there are a couple of good songs (Teenagers and Famous Last Words) it is an average album at most.
New Jersey "Emo" band "My Chemical Romance" (MCR) made many rock fans run to the record shops when they released hardcore, liberating and theatrical "The Black Parade" in October 2006. Despite being not as much as a fan as i was of Gerard Way's band, this album holds a place in my CD rack. It is undoubtly the best of the American My Chemical Romance.
Chart-topping, amusing yet thoughtful, there are many aspects to this album. Its not their first- with other work of theirs such as "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" featuring hits "Helena" and "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" in 2004, this piece had a great deal to live up to. And it did.
Likewise all of their records, there is a story amongst thrashy guitars, black costume and thudding drums. This one follows the story of a cancer patient- who takes part in the very theatre-like tour of The Black Parade and is in the video of single "Welcome To The Black Parade". Lead singer Gerard Way's Grandmother Helen (who is apparently inspiration for single "Helena") died of cancer, and some say the album was sourced from this saddening event, but this is not confirmed. I do know, however, that songs of the album follow specific key moments in the terminal patient's life- tying in with Way's belief that death comes to you as your most vivid memory. Strange? You haven't seen their tour performances...
But this is beautiful. Some can call it depressing in areas with lyrics such as "wouldn't it be great if we were dead" and "mama, we all go to hell"...but that is to the untrained ear. This album, like their others, is simply bursting with human emotion, beauty and understanding. It covers all aspects of life, with happy, sad, desperate, anger, frightened, sick, lonely and humerous songs. After all, it does mark a character's life. This album is therefore helpful for all people in all moods.
And of course, the 14 track CD (it says 13, but there is a secret track "Blood" which you wait a minute and a half to hear after last song "Famous Last Words" to hear) features all hits such as "I Don't Love You" and others from 2003-5. It is catchy, clever and instrumentally raw, with amazing OTT staging worth youtube-ing.
Talented, energetic, spontaneous, recognizable and produced by Green Day's Rob Cavallo, this is worth the £6.18 at Amazon.
Gerard Way, with his Illustration degree, also directed the fantastic art that makes the CD so individual and mood-setting.
In 2006, My Chemical Romance released another astounding album which amazed the world. In fact, so many people loved it that 240 000 copies were sold in the first week of its release. This was their first album, through Reprise Records, produced by Rob Cavallo. This is in fact the first album in which Bob Bryar plays the drums as Matt Pelissier was the former drummer in the band.
*Frank Iero-rhythm guitarist
*Ray Toro-lead guitarist
*This is How I Disappear
*The Sharpest Lives
*Welcome to the Black Parade
*I Don't Love You
*House of Wolves
*Famous Last Words
*Blood [hidden track]
The Black Parade is a concept album centred around the main character, known as "The Patient". For him, death comes as a parade and therefore, this replicates Gerard Way's belief that death comes for a person in the form of their fondest memory.
Throughout most of the album, the songs are more spacey than that of their first two albums, I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. They are also in fact, quite sorrowful but also very deep and it makes the listener think a lot about the lyrics and about the messages and emotions conveyed. In comparison to their previous two albums, Parade is much softer. However that does not mean that they have less of an impact. For example, "Famous Last Words" is one of the faster songs on the record which I can honestly say is the most uplifting My Chemical Romance song you will ever hear. Words can't describe how amazing this song is. The message of this song is not to be afraid of anything, to have faith in yourself and to keep on going, no matter what life throws at you.
It is said that the aim of music is the awakening of emotion. The song "Welcome to the Black Parade" does just that; it opens a floodgate of emotions with its powerful lyrics. The mood and the feeling of this song scream the need for freedom. Freedom is the theme that this song revolves around. Freedom not only from the tyrannical ways of this world, but freedom from the strong influences that stop us from finding our true selves. I am actually very attached to this song and i think of it as a very close friend because it has always makes me feel better when I'm feeling down and I can very much relate to this song.
If you have found that the other two My Chemical Romance albums have been too loud or punk for you, I suggest you listen to this album because as I said before, the songs are more spacey and there are also softer songs such as "Disenchanted" which starts with a hauntingly beautiful melody, played on an acoustic guitar and "Cancer", played on the piano. This is a very touchy song that can leave you in tears.
I recommend this album to everyone, because as I said for my previous review about My Chemical Romance's first album, their songs are very varied and their style constantly changes so none of their songs are the same. I suggest that you buy this album as soon as you can if you are on the hunt for true happiness.
My Chemical Romance are an indie rock / punk rock band from the States. Their lyrics are mostly about hard times and bad things which have happened to band members, resulting in depression.
The songs on this album are:
3 This Is How I Disappear
4 Sharpest Lives
5 Welcome To The Black Parade
6 I Don't Love You
7 House Of Wolves
13 Famous Last Words
Hidden Track: Blood
From these songs, my favorite one would have to be "Disenchanted", the twelth song on the album, because it reminds me of a friend. A lot of the lyrics remind me an awful lot of him. The song is quite a slow one which seems to be telling a story as the lyrics progress towards the end of the song. The story is quite a sad one about hard times and I think that is what has drawn me to it so much.
I also like "Sharpest Lives", the fourth track on the album. This one is faster than "Disenchanted", although it sounds like Gerard Way is speaking rather than singing for the first few lines. His voice sounds harsh and I think this is what makes me like it. It sounds raw and heartfelt, although his voice remains rather emotionless and flat for the main part of the first verse. The singing only really starts after the line "'Cause I love all the poison away with the boys in the band".
My third favorite from this album would have to be "This Is How I Disappear" because again, the lyrics remind me of someone. The song is faster than "Disenchanted" but not as fast as "Sharpest Lives". Again, though, I love this song. It sounds really heartfelt and quite emotional, as if it has been written about someone or to someone.
All of the songs on this album are very good, though. "Blood" is the shortest track, although it's also the hidden track and that makes it worth the wait! Short but sweet!
"Cancer" is an extremely heartfelt song and it could be very upsetting to anyone who has lost someone to cancer so if you don't wish to be upset, I wouldnt recommend listening to it.
Quite a few of the songs contain swearing of some sort so this isn't really suitable for children or people who are easily offended.
Just looking at some of the reviews on 'The Black Parade' it really seems to devide opinion. A real love it or hate it kind of thing! I bought this album back in 2006 and I have to say, I love it! Is just my kind of punk rock music. Some great songs on this and My Chemical Romance really show they are moving forward with this offering. So here is what I think of the songs:
1. The End - Strange title for the start of the album. Only a short burst but good lyrics, good music, a nice intro to the album. 8/10
2. Dead - Yaaaaaaaaaaaa. Great start to the song. Really rocks out straight away. I do like this one. Again good lyrically and a great melody to the song with some classic guitar riffs. 9/10
3. This Is How I Disappear - Another real rock gem. Guitars sounds so good on this one, and it's a real fast tempo. 8/10
4. The Sharpest Lives - Another really upbeat song, fast pace, another great song. 8/10
5. Wecome To The Black Parade - Bliss! This is one of my all time favortite songs. I love the long intro with the parade drums. Then when the song gets going it is just everything a rock song should be. Great words, great rhythm and and great beat. Near perfect! 10/10
6. I Don't Love You - Show another side to the band. Not as heavy as previous tracks. A nice song. 8/10
7. House Of Wolves - Back to the pulsing rock! Another one that leaves you gasping for air. 8/10
8. Cancer - Beautiful. All about his friend who died of cancer. There is loads of emotion in this song, and it's really sad. Again showing another side of the band for a change. 9/10
9. Mama - Different is all I can say about this one. Quirky and I like it. 8/10
10. Sleep - This one lacks the power and drive of some, but still has a good sound to it. 8/10
11. Teenagers - 'Teenagers scare the living **** out of me!' Makes me laugh this song. It's so catchy and really does stick in your head. Shame about the swearing but it's still a fantastic song. 9/10
12. Disenchanted - A really nice song, that builds up as it progreses. This is another classic song, not just a filler by any means. 9/10
13. Famous Last Words - Great end to the album. Powerful angry lyrics. I love this song. It's one of the real stand out tracks on the album and it's unusual for a band to put a track like this on last, but I think it's a great move! 10/10
Overall then, a brilliant rock album. I can understand why some people won't like it, but for me its just what I'm into. Some massive rock anthems that really make you feel good, which is what music should do! They are lyrically very good and the music really makes you want to jump around. Feel good music.
Overall I would give this 9/10
Its a crap album and you shouldnt waste your money on buying it. Coming back with that after taking a short break from music. Well they wased there time, i remember when i ran to the shops on the first day it come out and played when i got home and was gutted that i just wasted £15 on the biggest pile of crap in the history of music. So don't download it, its not worth getting caught. Or worth money you might pay for it. i would rather waste my money on pointless objects that i don't even need. Also The Black Parade attracted older women and its not a good look turning up to a gig and finding old women sitting there waiting, it just shows how crap you really are. I for one can say im extremally happy to see there lastest single Desolation Row back to how they should of stayed.
Polished, generic and absoloutly talentless. 3 words that describe My Chemical Romance better then any other. The band whines on about issues they have never experienced, and truely believe that in there lyrics is the answer. Anyone who believes this band can help them needs to see a health profesional. This albulm with such whiny repetitive and boring tracks as Welcome to the Black Parade, becoming the height of mainstream popularity is the funniest joke I've ever heard. Apealing to the masses with generic pop music that i would normally associate with bands like the Pussycat dolls is one thing, but them claiming to be punk is just wrong. Do not buy this if you want respect or credit. You will only prove yourself a wanabe and a music noob. No one with any knowledge of music history or talent would bother with such a poor effort at punk by a pop band that have created a cult out of their fans.
Being a fan of My Chemical Romance I anticipated the release of this album. I brought this album as soon as it was released. Unfortunately I have to say it was a disappointment. This is the follow up to the 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge' album, this album was brilliant for so many reasons. I felt My Chemical Romance had really found their place in the music style and world. 'The Black Parade' wasn't a development of the past album, I felt it was more of a toned down version. In all honesty I felt My Chemical Romance had gone commercial with this album and made it more 'poppy' as a means to deliver to a great mass of people.
I must admit that after a while and seeing My Chemical Romance live three times with this album it did grow on me. I do appreciate it alot more than I did when I first began to listen to it.
The album is surrounded on the concept of death, most of the songs deal and respond to the idea of death. It has a dark undertone running through it but it's a very serious and an undertone with presence I feel. I felt that screaming during songs had fallen to a very low minimum, which is unusual due to My Chemical Romance's past albums. I guess because of this is loses the fully charged and raw emotion that have been so powerful in past songs. But there is something strong and appealing running in and out of each track.
My Chemical Romance never fail to narrate life or maybe death, their songs tell stories and take the listener through a journey of experiences. You can also get something from listening to My Chemical Romance. I found this album although dark held alot of hope and inspiration. At times the songs could uplift and make you understand the world around you if only for a moment.
Some to pay attention to are 'Famous Last Words', this song hit my heartstrings straight away. I could relate and grow from listening to it. It has a beautiful bridge in it that has always stayed with me. 'Mama' is a brilliant song and has a really quirky tone through it which really grabbed me. Liza Minelli sings a brief part during this song and it couldn't of been casted better. Her voice was a perfect addition to the song and worked a treat.
Overall, I found that it took time for this album to grow on me. But once it had I enjoyed listening to the songs and received much from them. I don't think this is the best My Chemical Romance album but of course a must have for any fan.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The End.
3 This Is How I Disappear
4 The Sharpest Lives
5 Welcome To The Black Parade
6 I Don't Love You
7 House Of Wolves
13 Famous Last Words