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  • Summary: My Chemical Romance's latest release -- four years after the last album -- reveals a slightly different sound and style for the band while keeping its recognizable emo meets rock-and-roll spirit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Dec 14, 2010
    Rock'n'roll used to be about greatness, about escape and heroes. Once, you could get lost in an album, entangled in its world. It's been a long time since that has been the case. Danger Days...will change that.[13 Nov 2010, p.50]
  2. This is the kind of album you just throw on to have fun. If anything, it proves My Chemical Romance don't need to be eccentric or theatrical to put out an enjoyable record.
  3. Dec 7, 2010
    This is a band that never rests on its laurels, a band that embraces new ideas but also knows how to write killer choruses. The worry was that this record would turn out dull; the reality blows that concern out of the water.
  4. Dec 7, 2010
    The band's held on to its drive and focus, and the hits outnumber the misses.
  5. Dec 7, 2010
    Viva la Vida Familiar.
  6. Dec 20, 2010
    For a band feeling they had painted themselves into a corner, this is them sodding the consequences and stomping their way out. [Dec 2010, p.96]
  7. Dec 7, 2010
    Pretentious yet lunkheaded, the disc's only charm is its slick, fist-pumping arrogance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. Apr 16, 2013
    What turned out to be the final album released by MCR happens to be their finest. This time instead of "emo" and death this is a power pop record that actually works considering who made it. The narrative is, as always, ridiculous; but what do you expect from a man who writes comic books when not writing music? Either way the story works for most of the album, but the songs also work as individual pieces and once again the instrumentation is brilliant and the use of synthesisers creates a few lively party songs (see Planetary (GO!)) and actually makes the album impressive. This is a perfect record, although some would claim The Black Parade to be superior on many levels, this is MCR's greatest achievement in their career. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2010
    Blown Away. That pretty much sums up my reaction to this album. To be honest I was not expecting such a well-rounded, brilliant album. But they delivered. Hands Down.

    Standout Tracks:

    Bulletproof Heart
    Planetary (GO!)
    The Only Hope For Me Is You

    This album thoroughly deserves a 10/10. Right up there with the Black Keys as best album of the year
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    Regardless of how much I love a guy with insomniac eyes and a funerary demeanor, gone are the days of MCR with lank black hair, bulletproof vests, and weepy breakup songs, and here are the days of leather junker jackets, comic-book colors, and kick-your-ass rock suitable even for people who own no black clothing and have never worn eyeliner.

    With Danger Days, the guys have successfully steered way clear of the emo that people took so much exception to in '05 and have come back swinging with one of the first genuine rock albums we've seen since Linkin Park's Meteora - not to mention a visual concept that'll knock your socks off.

    In terms of lyricism and general musical maturity, My Chem has hit their peak form with Danger Days and brought us a truly enjoyable album that drags them back from the precipice of being doomed to a highschool audience forever - a precipice on which they had been teetering dangerously for some time.

    Recommended tracks:

    Planetary (GO!)
    Party Poison
  4. Mar 15, 2013
    Not surprisingly, MCR change their style in every new job, because obviously no exception.
    Perhaps for many, especially the fans, not like
    this new work,
    because they are not at all similar to comparison of The Black Parade, taking ortho ground in the sound, with less hard and more electronic.
    This may disappoint many MCR fans because we've never seen that style, if there are songs that still has the hard sound that characterizes them, but as I said, went to a new realm of sound.
    There is nothing wrong and is more than good, does not disappoint us but we must admit that we prefer hard and emotional style they have always had and hope that in future work to impress us again with better thematic and emotion in the sound.
  5. Nov 24, 2010
    I love this upbeat MCR album; Its not emo like thier other album but its a really good album i love it. The songs are so good on this album. This album contains alot of good songs. I like the new mcr more. This band made too many dark songs i think it was time for them to make more happy songs. One of the best rock album of 2010 Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2010
    After MCR announced earlier this year that they were coming out with a new album, I made it top priority on my music list for 2010. This album gives a Chemical Romance scent, but something about it doesn't smell right. The assertiveness and gloomy lyrics appear to be missing on all fronts during the course of Danger Days, MCR showing that they really wanted to make a rock album; probably to try killing an image they never wanted to begin with. It's kind of sad though. MCR really is the cream of the crop when it comes to droopy, careless ballads. I would have loved to see MORE of that perfected in Danger Days. The lyrics and message are all good things in Danger Days -- but the delivery, and presentation are below the Black Parade. Expand
  7. May 4, 2011
    I like the music.. but the voice is just unbearable. Sorry, MCR. I will never be your fan. No matter how these pseudo "artistic" clips are, I just do not take it. Why should be a music album be designed like a comic book? OK, OK, Gerard Way draws comics. But there is one big BUT. It just does not belong together. It is a funny concept, but nothing more. And once again about the voice - I dislike it. It is clean, but harsh. Not very pleasant to hear. It is in a frequency that tears my ears. I am sorry for giving 1 point, but I have to. Expand

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