The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. For the first time in what seems like a long time, here is an album that is going to be deservedly huge.
  2. The Black Parade is MCR's whole raison d'etre rolled up into one mega-decibel calling card. [Nov 2006, p.179]
  3. This is such a great, great record for so many reasons.
  4. What makes "The Black Parade" so exciting isn't anything rock is quite used to.... My Chemical Romance expresses the next generation's quest by redrawing the boundaries of reality itself.
  5. This album is not just the band's most adventurous but also its best.
  6. This is one to file alongside 'American Idiot', 'Doolittle' and 'Nevermind' on your greatest US rock albums shelf.
  7. 90
    They've created the Sgt. Pepper of screamo.
  8. Simultaneously brutal and hilarious, and bristling with wake-up-call urgency, “The Black Parade” may prove to be the best rock record of the year.
  9. "The Black Parade" is a big, fat, obnoxious, difficult, overbaked concept record and it's all the more exciting for it.
  10. 80
    [It] sees them break out of the subculture in spectacular style. [Nov 2006, p.123]
  11. It makes for a record that's their strongest, most cohesive yet, even if it isn't quite as weird or compelling as it should be given the group's lofty ambitions.
  12. The Black Parade... is the best mid-Seventies record of 2006, a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock's golden age of bombast.
  13. 80
    It's a savage, heartfelt, at times hilarious goth-mosh emopera. [Nov 2006, p.95]
  14. The most bonkers album of the year, but one of the best.
  15. 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.
  16. It's a compelling record in the same way as Green Day's "American Idiot" was: Each shows a band pushing itself to grow, and succeeding far more than anyone could have reasonably expected.
  17. Fans will be baffled, but this is magnificently deranged stuff. [Nov 2006, p.147]
  18. 60
    Despite its bleak outlook, this is a record big on nagging choruses and arm-punching emo punk that--more often than not--aims for the mainstream artery. [Dec 2006, p.110]
  19. They've succeeded at making a good big-dumb-rock record, but you get the sense they didn't mean for it to be quite this dumb.
  20. 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.
  21. This is a goofy record of bubblegum punk, with Queen lapping at its edges and enough good tracks to justify the smattering of empty screamfests.
  22. For all that sonic triumph, the lyrics feel like an empty gesture, sub–Trapper Keeper woe-mongering that'll thrill suburban teens but sounds odd coming from guys old enough to know better.
  23. These songs contain all the accoutrements of anguish and despair: he sings the words, he screams the words. So why does it all sound so fake?
  24. It reeks of a band with ideas above their station.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 555 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 241
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    Every 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! Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2011
    Amazing album with dark and deep lyrics that live up to MCR's "emo" label but it also has that fast pased exciting rebellious punk sound that makes the dark theme of The Black Parade come alive. Possibly my favorite MCR album. Full Review »
  3. willJ
    Jul 5, 2009
    Amazing. Pure genius. The best album of the decade and the best band to emerge in the past twenty years.