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Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
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5.0 out of 5 stars MCR - Best Band On The Planet?, 27 Nov. 2010
Track-by-track review!

1. 'Look Alive, Sunshine' 5/5

Here we are introduced to our setting, 'California 2019', by our guide and expert radio host, Dr. Death Defying. Speaking in an almost 'Clockwork Orange' language, the track is a perfect way to start off the album, and leads very well into the second song.

2. 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na etc..)' 5/5

If you've followed MCR in the past few months/years then you have no doubt heard this little punk rock gem. It's fast, it's crazy, and Gerards vocals are the best they've been for awhile. Also, his lyrics stick with the theme of the album very nicely, at times also decending into the 'Clockwork Orange-ness' that Dr.Death did on the first track. Put it into your cars CD player and drive, very very fast.

3. 'Bulletproof Heart' 5/5

Upon first listen this sounded like the only bad song on the album, but now I've come to love it. The euphoric chorus is headed by the lyric "Gravity, don't mean too much to me!". This is a much more 'pop' sounding MCR than usual, but that isn't an insult. MCR are just doing what they do best once again, 'genre-hopping'.

4. 'Sing' 4/5

The second single off the album is full of heavy, rythmic drums and booming bass. Gerards vocals zip between these two colliding instruments, forming some great verses. The chorus is also yet again another euphoric call to arms, with the lyrics being ; "Sing it from the heart
Sing it till you're nuts
Sing it out for the ones that'll hate your guts." It's still a great song, but just doesn't really seem to be as good as the others.

5. 'Planetary (GO!)' 5/5

If it wern't for the guitars then this could easily be declared a dance song. But with My Chem nothing is ever that simple. The air-horn/alarm booming it's way through the song, as well as the techno/sci-fi/futuristic synth really make it sound like something from the year 2019. As for the chorus, it's slightly like 'SING' in the way that it's big and strong, but 'Planetary's' chorus isn't just big; it's loud, it's a little bit crazy and it really makes you want too dive right into a mosh pit and dance. BRILLIANT!

6. 'The Only Hope For Me Is You' 5/5

The opening 30 seconds sum up the entire song for me. It's a beautiful, synth-heavy, more uplifting version of 'I Don't Love You'. Also, for those fans that have listened to all of the albums, then you may have heard a song on the first album called 'Skylines And Turnstiles', which deals with what Gerard Way saw on 9/11. Although it may be coincedence, the lyrics seem to suggest that this is almost like 'Skylines And Turnstiles Pt.2'.

"Where, where will we stand?
When all the lights go out
Across these city streets
Where were you when
All of the embers fell
I still remember them
Covered in ash,
Covered in glass
Covered in all my friends,
I still think of the bombs they build." Regardless of wether it is a more-uplifting sequel to that song, 'The Only Hope' is a superb song.

7. 'Jet-Star And The Kobra Kid/Traffic Report' 5/5

Dr.Death is checking in with us again, but this time he is the bearer of bad news. Two of our Killjoy heroes, Jet-Star and Kobra Kid have been ghosted/killed. Yet again the Dr. speaks in the style that you would expect a Radio Host of the future to speak in; plenty of cool sounding words and metaphors. The background music is also nice, sounding 8-Bit and almost Tron like at times. For an 'interlude', the song does very nicely.

8. 'Party Poison' 5/5

Picking up right after the last track, you may expect something a little more somber after the death of two of our heroes, but 'Party Poison' erupts into an even more crazy amped-up version of 'Na Na Na'. At several points we hear the shouting of a Japanese woman, and her increased anger seems to increase the tempo of the song. The drums are superb, the guitars are truly rock'n'roll and Gerards lyrics are pure sing-along material. Like 'Planetary (GO!)' it makes you want too dive right into a mosh-pit and dance until you die. It's also nice to just hear a rock song, without the added dance/sci-fi effects. As much as I love them, you'd need a break at some point. 'Party Poison' may be a break in that sense, but in all other senses of the word it certainly isn't. AWESOME!

9. 'Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back' 5/5

After the chaos of the last track, 'Save Yourself' creeps in slowly with some nice effects and a slowly building guitar riff. It soon proceeds to burst into something very remeniscent of 'old' MCR. Gerard's lyrics border on 'screamo' at times, and the lyrics have a much darker twist too them than the other songs. Within the concept of the album, it's basically the Killjoys (our heroes) deciding to carry on fighting Better Living Industries, despite the fact they've recently taken two casualtys. Regardless of wether MCR change or not, they'll never forget their roots, and this song is the perfect example of that.

10. 'S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W' 5/5

Oh my god. What a song. At first it sounds eerily similair too 'I Don't Love You', but quickly changes into something of it's own. The song sounds like MCR fused with The Beatles. The guitars are fitted with so much feedback you can barely hear Gerard at first. And speaking of Gerard, his 'phased-out' vocals and lyrics are purely and simply beautiful. The chorus is just absolutely brilliant. It's so easy to sing along too, yet so difficult to understand. It really is similair to The Beatles during their 'Sgt.Pepper/LSD Phase'. Whilst being creepy, beautiful and strange, 'S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W' still sounds very romantic.

"Blow a kiss at the methane skies
See the rust through your playground eyes
We're all in love tonight." Those lyrics show-case the romantic feel very nicely. All in all, this song is up their in MCR's all time top 10. It's the most 'different' sounding song on the album, yet it retains those classic MCR traits. Also, Ray gets a kick ass solo.

11. 'Summertime' 5/5

If you know the meaning behind the lyrics; "You can run away with me
Anytime you want", then this song will have already earned a spot in your heart. It's a truly sweet and beautiful track. If you know how Gerard Way was 6 years ago, then you'll know how he was dragged out of a very horrible depression by his fellow band members, family, friends, and of course the fans. Whilst the lyrics speak of Gerards love for his wife, they also seem like a thank you too everyone that helped him regain his true self from the brink of suicide. It's quite possibly even more of a beautiful song than the last track. Also, the synth that pops in after about 2 and a half minutes is like something that The Cure would use, and in many interviews Gerard has explained of his love for British music, so it's no doubt that little section of the song was inspired.

12. 'Destroya' 5/5

After a more 'sweet' approach from the last two tracks, MCR decided to throw in a track that would rip both of them too pieces... and quite possibly rip every song released this year too complete pieces. The riff is constant and never lets up on your ears, the vocals are aggressive and semi-screamo and the synth during the chorus really makes things feel insane. Although 'Save Yourself' in some ways returns to what MCR did on 'Three Cheers', it's easy too say that 'Destroya' returns too the style of the first album. This is one of those songs that you must see live during your lifetime. I can just imagine the rythm guitarist Frank Iero ripping up the stage and equipment now!

13. 'The Kids From Yesterday' 5/5

This song is just like something straight out of the 80's British Music Scene. Bouncing betwen inspirations from Joy Division too U2, the song is suitably epic. But I must say that the song is much better if you've grown up with My Chemical Romance, just as I have. This is their maturing anthem, showcasing just how much they've grown over the past 9 years. Throughout the song the style changes too how each of their earlier albums sounded. Starting like 'Danger Days', it then moves too the epicness of 'The Black Parade', too the hardcore-punk feel of 'Bullets', too the more pop-rock feel of 'Three Cheer's' and finally back to 'Danger Days'. After finishing, the song also comes back for another 20 seconds or so, paying tribute to one of their first ever songs, 'Drowning Lessons'. An absolute tune!

14. 'Goodnite, Dr.Death' 5/5

Our favourite Californian DJ finally signs off, with a nice little message for us. Then 'The Star Spangled Banner' comes in, sounding suitably muffled out, once again getting accross the feeling that we're listening to a year 2019 broadcast. Then it comes to the final 10 seconds, and something unbelievably scary/suprising and hilarious happens! Telling you what happens would no-doubt be a spoiler.

15. 'Vampire Money' 5/5

WHAT.A.WAY.TO.END.AN.ALBUM! This song is so unbelievably catchy that you will no doubt instantly jump up and go crazy, regardless of your age. If your in a car, you will instantly step on the gas until you hit 200mph, it's just great. Gerard Way in turn manages too mention David Bowie and Marc Bolan in the same song, whilst also continuosly mocking Twilight. All of a sudden our Killjoy heroes rip off their costumes and masks, re-emerge as My Chemical Romance, jump into their Trans-Am and screech off into the sunset. RESULT!

Closing Comments:

Choosing my favourite MCR album would be like choosing my favourite film of all time. It's a very, very very tough choice. 'Bullets' is an amazing debut, I grew up with 'Three Cheers' and 'The Black Parade' is easily one of the greatest albums of the last 10-20 years. So too choose one over the other would really be tough. For this reason I rank all of the albums as my favourite, with each one having a particular trait that I love. I am very happy to say that 'Danger Days' will join the other three albums. Whilst I won't say that it's better than any of the others, I will certainly say that it's the most consistent album alongside 'The Black Parade'. There isn't a single filler track on here and the mood is never let up. My favourite record of the year!
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I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut!, 22 Nov. 2010
'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love' is the edgy, aggressive, dark, emotional and all-round excellent debut from New Jersey rockers My Chemical Romance.

1. 'Romance' 4/5

The albums opener is a beautiful piece of music, solely on guitar with the added effect of an old buzzing radio in the background. It quickly sets you in the mood for the rest of the album. This thing isn't exactly going to be all 'fluffy clouds and rainbows.'

2. 'Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us' 5/5

After the somber, almost peaceful nature of the first track you almost become settled. 'Honey' comes right in with a harcore, full-throttle punk riff that will get you banging your head. As soon as front-man Gerard Way opens his mouth we are also introduced too his dark, poetic lyrics that paint all-sorts of dark, twisted and fantastical images into our head. Even when the pace slows, the song still isn't far from the next crazy verse. A very good punk-anthem that sets the album off in the right way after the instrumental.

3. 'Vampires Will Never Hurt You' 5/5

This is the song in which the albums concept first comes into play. It tells the story of two lovers who are plagued by the dangers of vampires, and everything along with them. Starting off quiet moderately paced, Gerards semi-screamo lyrics are bursting at the seems to explode into 'HARDCORE' mode; which is exactly what happens after the first minute or so. The track continues to dip in between fast, punky, slow and screamo. After the slightly off-concept (but still brilliant) 'Honey', 'Vampires' really kicks off the albums story.

4. 'Drowning Lessons' 5/5

Stepping back up to the fast-paced nature of 'Honey', 'Drowning Lessons' is even more impactful thanks to the fact that the albums concept is now shining through, and that Way's lyrics are completely superb. The dark content is still here though, with lyrics such as "From the times I have killed you and then" and the like. But still, who really cares when we're getting songs as great as these? One nice little touch is the way the track fades back in for 20 seconds with a completely different riff, yet still managing to provide an element of closure.

5. 'Our Lady Of Sorrows' 5/5

Boasting an absolutely superb chorus, filled with all the F-bombs you could hope for, 'Lady Of Sorrows' is quite possibly the most catchy song yet. The key change from verse too chorus really is great, and the song continues to mix itself up a little toward the end; before finally returning to the briliantly hardcore chorus. Fantastic!

6. 'Headfirst For Halos' 5/5

The most uniquely sounding track so far simply because of the extended 50 second opening. It quickly nose-dives right back into the catchy punk feel right after though, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. 'Halos' is probably the easiest 'sing along song' so far, featuring some insanely dark lyrics tackling suicide and drugs, e.g. "Well I think I'll blow my brains against the ceiling." But no matter how dark the lyrics get, you'll still be chanting "Think Happy Thoughts!" for days after you listen!

7. 'Skylines And Turnstiles' 5/5

The first song Gerard Way ever wrote after witnessing the horrific events of 9/11. That day was truly horrific, emotional and disgusting, and Way's lyrics perfectly capture the emotions he must have been feeling when this happened all around him. Still, it takes a good 45 seconds for the song to get going. It's just a little bit slower than any of the other songs too come earlier, but in no way is poor. Definetly still brilliant.

8. 'Early Sunsets Over Monroeville' 4/5

Easily the most emotional track on the album, 'Early Sunsets' is the song were the vampires finally catch up with our main characters. Way's lyrics tell the story superbly, with all the correct emotion and detail in. His vocal work is also fantastic. The final 2 minutes are an absolute descent into sadness, depression and near death. Way strains, screams, moans and screeches his powerful vocals aloud. This song would be completely perfect if the instruments could just keep up. They just seem to become slightly faster and heavier. But not much. Still, you can't drag the song down for that. Way seriously just put his heart into this song. By the final minute you can really hear that he's become a wreck, barely managing to speak his words, let alone scream them. Being one of my all time heroes, it really is something to hear him reduced to nothing as he places a gun to his lovers head and has to make the final decision. Just remember this is a concept album though, Way is most definetly in character here. If only the guitars and dreams could keep up!

9. 'This Is The Best Day Ever' 3/5

Unfortunately this song becomes a little bit lost in the wind. But still, what do you expect after 'Early Sunsets Over Early Monroeville'? In no way is the song bad, it's just that it doesn't feel as great as some of the other tracks upon the album. The verse's seem a little similair and re-hashed; thankfully the chorus is excellent though. It was a fan favourite when I saw My Chem a few years ago though, so obviously there will be a difference in opinion here.

10. 'Cubicles' 5/5

'Cubicles' is another fast-paced punk track with a great riff and chorus. It's also another very sentimental song from Way's point of view, as he sings the lyrics "I can't help but think I'll die alone" many a time. Because of this it really becomes an anthem for almost all teenagers out there who are worrying about relationships or their future. I know I can certainly relate to this song, and I've never been depressed or really even close to being. It also does a good job of picking up the album back up to 'EXCELLENT!' after the slightly wind-swept 'This Is The Best Day Ever'.

11. 'Demolition Lovers' 5/5

'Demolition Lovers', like the final track of an album should be, is the culmination of everything that has come before it. Mixing the rawness of 'Honey This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us', with the narrative prowess of Way's lyrics in 'Vampires Will Never Hurt You', and even with the powerful and effecting emotion of 'Early Sunsets Over Monroeville', the final track is superb. But unlike 'Monroeville', everything in the song keeps up to speed. This time the instruments arn't plunged by the wayside whilst the vocals take over. Everything keeps up with eachother and everything sounds brilliant, just as it should. The opening riff is as deeply haunting as it is terrifying. Our two main charaters, the titular 'Demolition Lover's are being chased for what they've done. They decide to take too the desert in a car with guns and a "trunk full of ammunition too". Gerard Way manages to instill even more emotion into the song than any of the others on the CD, and so the story really does shine here. A little bit like 'Monroeville' the song also decends into madness as it progresses; wether it be Way's lyrics, vocals, or the music itself... but that's only for the first 2 and a half minutes. The final 3 minutes slow right down, as our favourite Demolition Lovers are struck down, and literally die beside each-other. Way slows his vocals down and quietens his voice to a melancholy state. The emotion begins to blister once again and heightens more as the guitars and vocals step back into 'hardcore rock mode'. Although the theme hasn't always been present, and although the story hasn't always been clear; 'Demolition Lovers' still works as a final, emotional and hard-hitting send off... Simply beautiful.

Closing comments:

'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me You're Love' is a fantastic record; even more so when you realise that it is MCR's debut. Of course now it is 2010, and we know what other wonders My Chemical Romance have instore for us in the years 2004 and 2006 respectively. In fact today their newest record is released, and is shaping up too be the best so far. But sometimes to realise the genius of this band you simply have too return to their roots: and so whilst Royal Mail decide to deliver me they're new album, this is exactly what I'm doing.

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