The Black Parade

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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. Alternative Press
    100
    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. Uncut
    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 248
  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. SeanS
    Jan 29, 2007
    10
    With their new album, MCR have not only reinvented themselves, but created the greatest rock album since Tool's monstrous Lateralus. The With their new album, MCR have not only reinvented themselves, but created the greatest rock album since Tool's monstrous Lateralus. The Black Parade is about a hospital patient who is about to die, and how death is dealt with, among other things. What I think howver, is that the patient is symbolic of the old MCR, because thier music and overall presentation has made a dramatic turn. They have effective created thier own style of rock music that can be categorized under no current musical genre. They sport a more maturured, and significantly better sound than thier previous albums (particularly Gerard's vocals), which I was not particularly a huge fan of, though I did enjoy some of the songs. However, EVERY track on TBP is amazing. From the anthem "Welcom to the Black Parade" to the almost humorous, apologetic folk song that is "Mama" and stretching to the haunting, yet strong-willed final cry that is "Famous Last Words" Truly a masterpiece that belongs among the ranks of the top albums ever. Expand
  3. GerardW
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    hope you all like it!
  4. seanf
    Aug 16, 2007
    10
    Im sick of people trying to compare My chem to classic bands. rate the album for hwat it is...from the into and Dead, a tale is told of life Im sick of people trying to compare My chem to classic bands. rate the album for hwat it is...from the into and Dead, a tale is told of life and death. Admittedly, some of the musical performances on the later tracks lack the passion found in "three cheers for sweet revenge (particularly on hang em hig, and i never told you what i did for a living, or even you know what they do to guys like us in prison), but by creating a melodic and overall satisfying album, my chem achieves greatness with the black parade. This album is within my top 50 favorites of all time. Expand
  5. RandyM
    Nov 28, 2006
    9
    The Black Parade is simply a great album, and prove's to be MCR's best to date. The lyrics are empowering and wonderful. Definetely The Black Parade is simply a great album, and prove's to be MCR's best to date. The lyrics are empowering and wonderful. Definetely worth checking out. Expand
  6. PeteS
    Oct 30, 2006
    8
    Not as good as "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge", but still a great album once it gets stuck in your head. Best tracks: "How I Disappear" and Not as good as "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge", but still a great album once it gets stuck in your head. Best tracks: "How I Disappear" and "House of Wolves". 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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