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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 120
  2. Negative: 10 out of 120
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  1. Mar 15, 2011
    1
    Album is awful. It's easy to hear which songs were outtakes from 3 Cheers, and which ones were outtakes from Black Parade. While some of the songs are alright, none of them stand up to repeated listen, and the CD is essentially a mashup of unreleased material from two earlier (and very different) albums. There's a reason this stuff didn't make the cut. And to throw it all together in aAlbum is awful. It's easy to hear which songs were outtakes from 3 Cheers, and which ones were outtakes from Black Parade. While some of the songs are alright, none of them stand up to repeated listen, and the CD is essentially a mashup of unreleased material from two earlier (and very different) albums. There's a reason this stuff didn't make the cut. And to throw it all together in a nonsense package makes the error more glaring. Plus most of this stuff is redundant. Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back doesn't sound a little familiar to you diehard MCR fans? You must not be listening to your music very closely. I've known MCR was a studio band since 3 cheers (song construction, layers, and overall complexity was impossibly above their debut). But even as a studio album 3 cheers is awesome. Black Parade was so-so for me. Sorta chasing a Pink Floyd/Queen approach to a concept album, but coming off a little fake in half the tracks. Like they didn't have a concept, but they wanted to do a concept album...

    This one is just ridiculous. Didn't Way declare that this was going to be a straight rock album? He was done with doing concept work? This was going to blow everyone away? Nope, another concept album, without the concept, or a hook. Not one memorable song on this album. I usually think of them as, "That song from the album that sounds kinda like [earlier work] but not as good."
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  2. Feb 13, 2011
    2
    Biggest disappointment of 2010. This is one of my favourite bands but this album is not the band I have grown to love. It's polished and poppy and unoriginal in sound. In multiple interviews, lead singer Gerard Way promised readers that the album was going to be more underground, harder, and more true to their roots but this is more Lady Gaga than the Misfits. Try again, boys.
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    0
    This album wouldn't even make it on it's own. It is complete trash. I loved their past 3 albums. but this sounds like hollow dance rock made by a 6 year old. I am no longer a fan of My Chemical Romance because of this.
  4. May 4, 2011
    0
    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 - II 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
  5. Dec 16, 2011
    0
    I absolutely cannot stand this album. I feeling like bawling my eyes out when I listen to it. I have been trying to accept it but My Chemical Romance is just trying too hard to become mainstream, unoriginal, and more pop than anything else. I have loved this band since I heard of them, at about age 9. They're cemented into my life. This album should be cemented into the ground. I'm disgusted.
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    40
    The reason this convoluted rock opera can't match the Who, U2, Green Day, or even Styx is that Danger Days is a story constructed without rising or falling action.
  3. Mojo
    Dec 20, 2010
    60
    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]