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the best album of 2006,
This review is from: The Black Parade (Audio CD)
I'm old enough to remember punk [and I don't mean the tame, ironed-over version of it that we've been treated to by some 'punk' bands in the last 10 years] and grew up listening to the Clash, SLF etc. MCR are unique - I like the description 'emo punk titans' used on this page, because they really do have a lot of strings to their bow. They embody everything that's good about guitar music from so many genres - some definite thanks owed to Thin Lizzy in Ray Toro's guitar - yet they add their own totally contemporary and individual brilliance to everything they do. On this new album, there is the growing trademark MCR sound, which really is unmistakeable - in itself the sign of a great band. Yes, you can hear shades of many 70s, and some 80s, bands in this album: pre-Ure Ultravox, The Sweet even, and on the brilliant 'Mama', I am thinking there might be a son of Nick Cave somewhere in MCR, but essentially these guys stand alone as having a very definite and unique sound. In a time when we have a lot of lame, over-hyped 80s clone bands cluttering up the airwaves, MCR are a shining, huge talent. And amazingly, they're even getting played on Radio 1 now!
They have, as has been said elsewhere, matured amazingly quickly. The excellent 'Three Cheers...' was a distinct improvement on the 1st album, and I thought was going to be very hard to beat, but the Black Parade is just one level above, quite clearly. They've always written witty lyrics and had great song titles, but they're clearly just surpassing themselves with each album. We've had new albums from Muse, Placebo etc this year, but I've got to say the Black Parade is the best of them all in a good year. Downside is, we'll never see them play a small club again! If you love good music and appreciate genuine talent, buy this fantastic album. And I'm not one of their mums, I promise!!