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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.'

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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 266
  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. JustinS.
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    this album is total awesomeness!!! i just don't get why people are giving it low scores. if u hate MCR then why bother listening to it this album is total awesomeness!!! i just don't get why people are giving it low scores. if u hate MCR then why bother listening to it and give it a bad score? Its WAY better than the crap hip hop and gangsta rap that we have today like 50 cent and jim jones or whoever sings that crap basketball song that proves rappers think they are better than everyone else. Expand
  3. JamesJ
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    MCR have made one amazing album here. Pure sonic joy in all of its absurd and over the top brilliance. One of the top 3 albums this year.
  4. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    is very good album in the album narration the situation the live everytime and everydays is very good album, half is a gothic album with ais very good album in the album narration the situation the live everytime and everydays is very good album, half is a gothic album with a touch of tragedy and death always room where stories are told and disappointments is a creative album with a sound very 70's and 80's with some 90's sometimes a bit of hendrix or ozzy style eg there is a song that seemed to me much in the style of crazy train. album is dirty and full of sound and music Expand
  5. AndreaT
    Jan 18, 2007
    9
    Some of the best songs on there ever it rocks and i hope my chemical romance brings out anther album bacease there my all time fave lol must Some of the best songs on there ever it rocks and i hope my chemical romance brings out anther album bacease there my all time fave lol must go but i might comment on other albums and that lolable cya people Expand
  6. ...
    Dec 2, 2006
    8
    then why the HELL are you listenin to it!!!!
  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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