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MCR - Best Band On The Planet?,
This review is from: Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (Audio CD)
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!
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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Initial post: 2 Feb 2011 17:57:06 GMT
Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
Although 'Na na na' really tempted me to buy the album, I'd only previosly heard The Black Parade and so was a little hesitant. But then I read your review and this alone convinced me. And I love, love, love this album to bits! I play it constantly, back-to-back in my car and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Not only that, but Bullets and Three Cheers are now on my Wish List.
Thank you for an awesome review!
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2011 01:52:39 GMT
Mrs. R. Maddison says:
Huzzah! I have succeeded in persuading somebody to buy the album. Thank you for reading my review :)
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