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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.'

Top Track

Teenagers
They're gonna clean up your looks With all the lies in the books To make a citizen out of you Because they sleep with a gun And keep an eye on you,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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 281
  1. Nov 26, 2011
    10
    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 thatAmazing 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. Expand
  2. MCRobsession
    Apr 21, 2007
    10
    My mom absolutly HATEs it, she thinks it is depressing and all they talk about is death... NO they are about carrying on through the shitty My mom absolutly HATEs it, she thinks it is depressing and all they talk about is death... NO they are about carrying on through the shitty times and NOT killing yourself, they do not worship suiside... or satent for that fact, i love this cd and mcr and it could very well be the soundtrack to my life... btw, if you think this album, let alone mcr is crappy and fake... SUCK IT!!!!! Expand
  3. JesseS
    Oct 25, 2006
    10
    What a surprise--I barely noticed this band before. Exhileratingly creepy. Negative reviews tend to snub theatricality. Like there's What a surprise--I barely noticed this band before. Exhileratingly creepy. Negative reviews tend to snub theatricality. Like there's something very uncool about it. Maybe there is. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2017
    10
    Невероятный в эмоцианальном плане альбом повествующий о тяжело больном человеке,жизнь которого скоро закончиться.Весь этот альбом-это наборНевероятный в эмоцианальном плане альбом повествующий о тяжело больном человеке,жизнь которого скоро закончиться.Весь этот альбом-это набор флешбэков повествующих о его тяжёлой жизни.Все песни-это невероятные композиция,которые дарят кучу эмоций.Жаль,что таких альбомов в современном роке мало,зачастую радуют Radiohead,но сейчас таких исполнителей мало. Expand
  5. JimH
    Feb 17, 2007
    9
    I'm over 40. I picked this up to share it with my tween daughter because of the hype around its debut. At first, I thought it was more I'm over 40. I picked this up to share it with my tween daughter because of the hype around its debut. At first, I thought it was more like Offspring's Smash than anything else: a flash-in-the-pan band with too much bluster and not enough mustard. But this lives. "Mama," "Cancer," "Teenagers" and a handful of other tracks get better with every listen. And all great rock albums have at least one "empty screamfest" although I'm not sure I hear one here. Kudos to a band of true believers who - like Queen, the Pumpkins, Green Day and all the other great examples to which they are compared - believes that there is still room for one more classic classic rock album, long after rock and roll has been declared dead. Expand
  6. RyanG
    Jan 2, 2007
    8
    When I was at Hot Topic, I really had low hopes for this album due to the other ones. To my suprise, I was suprised! I enjoyed ALMOST every When I was at Hot Topic, I really had low hopes for this album due to the other ones. To my suprise, I was suprised! I enjoyed ALMOST every song, except 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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