The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
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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. For the first time in what seems like a long time, here is an album that is going to be deservedly huge.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    They've created the Sgt. Pepper of screamo.
  4. 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.
  5. 80
    It's a savage, heartfelt, at times hilarious goth-mosh emopera. [Nov 2006, p.95]
  6. 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.
  7. It reeks of a band with ideas above their station.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 240
  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! Expand
  2. CatherineL
    Jan 18, 2007
    Best album of the year, loved every song.
  3. JoshH
    Oct 23, 2006
    Very, very impressive.
  4. DavidA
    Jul 26, 2007
    This is a great album it has so much in it. Songs I Recommend: The Sharpest Lives Dead! Welcome To The Black Parade (one of the best) I Don't Love You This Is How I Disappear Mama Cancer Teenagers Famous Last Words Blood these are all great songs, now go buy the album Expand
  5. TyeN.
    Nov 12, 2006
    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'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. Carl
    Oct 26, 2006
    For the first time in a long time, a band I like has put out a record that went in a new direction but brought me along with them from the first note of the first song on the album. This is an album album. Songs like "Welcome to the Black Parade" which I had gotten sick of from radio overplay now fit seemlessly into the sequence of songs on the album. MCR takes familiar musical themes from the likes of Queen, Bowie, and even The Beatles and put it's signature snarky sound to it, creating a delicious hybrid of sound that's like nothing else in rock today yet fortunately like the best of classic Classic Rock. Expand
  7. GuyH
    Oct 24, 2006
    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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