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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I hadn't heard anything by them until ITV used the track 'Welcome to the Black Parade' during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. I didn't know who it was by but was instantly hooked. A few mouse clicks later and I'd found out the artist and had ordered the album.

I received it today and couldn't wait to play it. Absolutely fantastic! The only problem (!) is that I'm now going to have to buy the rest of the albums. It's such a long time since I've heard music that immediately grabs my attention.

Worth every penny. Highly recommended if you like 'proper' music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2007
This album is really good and got me into music in this genre. Its pop/rock and MCR are possibley the best band in that genre. Well, their a million miles better than "Fall Out Boy". The best songs are "I Don't Love You"(My personal Fav) and "Cancer". If you don't get a tear in your eye listening to the song "Cancer", Then.....then.....What kind of a monster are you?!

There are about 3-5 filler songs on this CD which obviously aren't very good. But all of the singles are top-notch and a few of the songs that aren't singles yet are good(e.g Mama, Cancer, etc.)

"I Don't Love you" is an outstanding song and it is MCR's only truly great song. The lyrics are excellent, the music is great and the vocals are good. The vibe of the song is also a touch of excellence. Unfortuanetly, MCR cannot live up to this almost-perfect sound in any of their other songs which is a disappointment.

So buy this album!!! If you like heavy music though, don't bother. MCR are very mainstream so be sure you like them before buying this album. I don't like them as much as I did when I first heard them, but their still a good band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2008
Well, I like a myriad of music from Dance to Rock, to pop & Classical. I bought this album in a minute of madness not really having heard of MCR, and on the back of hearing only one song(and what a truly great minute that was),I must say - it hasn't come out of my car stereo. It's one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Now admitedly I'm not all up with the technicalities of rifts and chords but I know what I like, and this is one great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2008
MCR has always been one of those guilty pleasures for me. I know I shouldn't like it, but I love it regardless. I bought this album within the first week it came in out (2006 I think?) and have been listening to it ever since. Emo rock, catchy melodies, unforgettable lyrics, dark topics and pure, raw emotion - all things that have made this album, at least in my eyes, one of those I will never forget. I've saw MCR live back in March 07' on their tour for this album as well and have to say, that the band are every bit as good live as they are in record - in fact, I'd say better. Emo has come under a lot, and I mean A LOT of criticism, but albums like this should be help up against the fire to show that this style of music is really worth something. Love this album and love this band, and I'm not afraid to say it. Stand out tracks on this album include 'This is How I Disappear', 'Sharpest Lives', 'Mama' and 'Famous Last Words'. Give it a chance, I doubt you'll regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2006
i am a big fan of their other albums, (bullets and three cheers) but this is the best thing my chem have released so far. they have set the bar very high for their next album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2006
My Chemical Romance must have been tempted to simply create "Three Cheers ... 2" but luckily for us that is not the case, and we are treated to "The Black Parade". A mix of styles, Pink Floyd, Queen and The Beatles, are all recognisabley evident in the new offering from MCR. The Strongest titles on this album are House of Wolves (an explosive, high tempo track), Cancer (a spine tingling ballad), Mama (A funky little Jazz number, featuring Guest vocals from Liza Minelli and Frank Iero and Gerard and Mikey Way's parents) and the UK number 1 track Welcome to The Black Parade. This concept album, telling the story of death, centering around a character known as "the Patient," who suffers an untimely death at a young age due to cancer, is by far the best record released this year, and £8.99 is a bargain price. My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade. BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2006
Having heard the single "Welcome To The Black Parade" I was really looking forward to this album - and Im not disappointed. Time is short so its a quick skim over some of the tracks on the album....

From the opening of the Album ('The End') straight into the fantastic "Dead !" with its almost Green Day sound this album is excellent.

Moving on through the tracks "I Dont' Love You" and "Cancer" bring lumps to the throat while "Mama" -featuring Liza Minnelli ! - lightens the tone with a surprising and unexpected sound.

Finally we get "Famous Last Words" - a riotous finale to the album which will see MCR hit the big time.

In summary - its fantastic - its everything I hoped and my album of the year so far. Get it !

PS - enjoy the hidden track ;0)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2006
okay well bullets was the alternative first album right? three cheers was the punkie number 2? so this third one is.....different! and i mean in a very good way! it simply rocks out! almost every track is some kinda performance not just another metal/skater/punk/rock song what ever genre you want to call it, there just brillian tracks! and i dont know where the emo thing came from to describe this new effort? the only track that makes u stand back and go 'hmmm whats that about?' is cancer, its okay, very 'emo' if u have to use that word and does stand out but for the wrong reasons. teenagers is an amazing track, to tie this up its simply a different album like three cheers was to bullets and you'll love it! despite the critisims of being emo which i do not see in this album

a must buy!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2007
An impulse buy on a rainy Sunday afternoon, turned into one of my best CD purchases of the last couple of years. a fascinating mix of smashing pumpkins, pink floyd, seattle metal, early dream-theatre with strong nods to queen, green day and even aerosmith and.... something else. This album somehow doesn't sit well with the "EMO" label that seems to be applied to MCR. It is far more significant than that. Somehow the combination of melodic choruses, progressive structures, strong riffs, theatrics and gerard way's very unusual and versatile voice creates something that is fresh, dark and powerful; and despite the macabre appearance, wholly uplifting. There's a sense of scale and confidence about this album that is insistent and intoxicating.

The lyrics present a black, tortured reality which is often at odds with the uplifting power rock of the music - at odds to the extent that it is deliberate, and presents a strong sense of irony which is equally interesting. This is not a miserable down-beat record at all (like most EMO, for example) - it's a celebration of 'black'-ness, a glorification which is strangely uplifting and cathartic. A release; a requiem, even. Very unusual, which makes it more special, therefore.

It's a combination of a lot of the things I love about rock music, and I was totally surprised at how good this album is. from the magnificent opening combo of "the end."/"dead", the album does not let go or let up, apart from a few quieter more intimate, sinister moments later on.

"the black parade", which is the albums centre-piece and has to be one of the (admittedly many) highlights, is truly magnificent and demands to be remembered. this is a mini-epic, so image-laden it doesn't need the video, becomes a short film in your head as you listen, which brings a little piece of superb progressive metal to life. Listening to this once or twice out of context does not do this justice - listening to it embedded in the middle of the album it takes on a much larger persona. fabulous. Other stand-out tracks are the twisted-power-ballad "disenchanted" and the magnificent "famous last words", but to be honest, it's hard to pick out favourites.

I gave up on 'new' bands a while ago - Most modern bands are not 'new' - they are poor imitations of history riding on a brief burst of fashion. 'new' albums are often poorly constructed collections of 'filler' with one or two 'hits'. however MCR are a definite exception to this - taking some great building blocks, and finding a new combination that works. More importantly, its MCR's character that comes through the songs - every song on here is strong and that does not fade with repeated listens. There is a quality and maturity to the album that most other bands should aspire to and be ashamed of in equal measure. there is detail here which speaks volumes about the professionalism and effort that the band (and the production team) put into recording this, to get it right. Rob Cavallo's influence has been felt, and this is a properly crafted exciting album by a band who deserve greatness. If they do not go stratospheric with this album, the world really has gone crazy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I really like this album, in comparison to Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. The main difference is, you can hear the lyrics, its not just screaming! It seems more grown up and I love it. Disenchanted is definatly the best track on the album, although the massive Black Parade and Teenagers are awesome too.
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