The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 561 Ratings

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  • Summary: This highly-anticipated and highly-theatrical concept album follow's the New Jersey band's 2004 breakthrough hit 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The Black Parade is MCR's whole raison d'etre rolled up into one mega-decibel calling card. [Nov 2006, p.179]
  2. For the first time in what seems like a long time, here is an album that is going to be deservedly huge.
  3. This is one to file alongside 'American Idiot', 'Doolittle' and 'Nevermind' on your greatest US rock albums shelf.
  4. As with many concept albums, the concept itself gets buried beneath the show-off virtuosity, the band's ringing need to not only impress but bedazzle the listener.
  5. 80
    [It] sees them break out of the subculture in spectacular style. [Nov 2006, p.123]
  6. Tight as a unit, and apparently determined to create music that will, in one way or another, appeal to everyone, My Chemical Romance are in danger of forgetting that hooks, riffs, and yes, aggression, are also needed to stay on top of their game.
  7. It reeks of a band with ideas above their station.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 242
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    Every song here stands out on its own merit and has a wonderful, catchy, theatrical sound without compromising a very raw, real feel. MyEvery song here stands out on its own merit and has a wonderful, catchy, theatrical sound without compromising a very raw, real feel. My Chemical Romance have refined and matured their sound and channelled their talent into something that seems to be able to punch you right in the stomach (in the most amazing way) again and again everytime you listen to it. 'The Black Parade' probably isn't the most inclusive album but I think anyone can appreciate "Welcome To The Black Parade", "Famous Last Words", "I Don't Love You", "Teenagers" and "The Sharpest Lives". Buying this album is definitely a risk worth taking! Expand
  2. SuzanneJ
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    MCR r the best band eva i never buy any CD's but i had 2 av this album so i got it
  3. JoshH
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    Very, very impressive.
  4. SmileyR.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    One of my favorite CD's EVER! if you haven't listened to it...your missing out BIG time.
  5. TyeN.
    Nov 12, 2006
    9
    MCR have somehow evolved past another "me too" emo rock band and into something worthy of listening to. I was so shocked when I first heard MCR have somehow evolved past another "me too" emo rock band and into something worthy of listening to. I was so shocked when I first heard this album in my friends car and was told it was MCR. The next day I purchased the album to discover one of the year's best. Even if you previously despised them, you might be surprised by just how much they've grown. Their song writing and music playing is so much better than before..it's an unbelievable evolution. Best tracks: "Dead!", "This Is How I Disappear", "Welcome To The Black Parade", "Mama", "Teenagers", "House of Wolves", "The Sharpest Lives" and "Cancer". Definitely worth at the least a listen. Expand
  6. RafaelC
    Oct 29, 2006
    8
    I just wish that all of you guys that rate this album with a 0 lived in South America ( Like Me ), so you can "see" all those REAL Crappy I just wish that all of you guys that rate this album with a 0 lived in South America ( Like Me ), so you can "see" all those REAL Crappy Bands i have to listen almost every day ( when im on the Bus, University or even at home 'cause of my sister ) MCR is not that Band... Yes their EMO, kinda POP, and all that But that doesn't mean they suck or that your a EMO just for liking theyr Music, cause if this would be the Case, would those who loved QUEEN be Gay just because Freddy Mercury was ? i really dont think so. This Album is NOT the best one of the year, and it's not theyr best, but is a good Album and NO WAY this is the WORSE album of the year, that would be one of those Fu... REGGAETON CD's i've heard MANY times this year.... Expand
  7. GuyH
    Oct 24, 2006
    0
    Ok - I'm only reviewing the single but if that is any indication of the 'quality' to be found on this disc then it deserves a Ok - I'm only reviewing the single but if that is any indication of the 'quality' to be found on this disc then it deserves a screeching, flouncy, unimaginative, soulless ZERO! Expand

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