My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

April 17, 2009
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I'll never forget walking into Target with my aunts, anxiously waiting to get four new CDs for my birthday. I didn't know all that much about the bands whose albums I was getting, but I didn't really care. CDs weren't something I got often at the time.

That day, I had gotten four CDs: Infinity On High by Fall Out Boy; Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace by Foo Fighters; DECEMERUNDERGROUD by AFI; and, probably my most memorable one of them all, The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.

I remember listening to the CD, thinking about how cool it was. The next day, I had gone completely berserk over the whole thing and proudly announced that I had discovered the greatest song of all time, “Welcome To The Black Parade.” Of course, I had over-exaggerated a bit, but to this day, it's still my favorite song.

When you hear the first song and listen to unique vocals of Gerard Way, it will most likely remind you of some kind of formal gathering back in the 1800's. Or, at least, that's what I pictured. “The End.” is a slow-moving, awkward song with a tiny bit of Broadway influence in it. Right afterward, it kicks directly into the very fast-paced, very heavy, very punk-ish song, “Dead!” It's a very fun song, and it immediately shows off lead guitarist Ray Toro's shredding skills . After “Dead!,” the CD plummets you right into the darker stuff, consisting of the metal-tinged “This Is How I Disappear” and the extremely catchy and spooky “The Sharpest Lives.” “Welcome To The Black Parade” starts off as an old-school sounding, piano-based song, then kicks into something totally different as it starts playing the fast, “hooky” verses and chorus. If there was one song to best describe the album as a whole, it would be that one. Not only are there plenty of guitars, but they also have chimes, xylophones, trumpets, and many other instruments not normally included.

Things slow down a bit when “I Don't Love You” comes on. You can almost feel the pain in his voice as he sings, and it shows off Frank Iero's ability to come up with cool guitar melodies during the verses. Then things speed back up and Bob Bryar pounds on the drums, indicating the beginning of the mischievous-sounding “House Of Wolves.” And for all you Beatles fans out there, the slow rhythm, piano parts, and moving lyrics of “Cancer” most likely won't disappoint you.

My Chemical Romance spiced things up with the more Broadway-ish, yet still rock-like “Mama.” They even got Liza Minelli to sing on the bridge and at the end! And if you think a song called “Sleep” will actually make you fall asleep, you're sorely mistaken; and you'll realize that once you hear the song. And, of course, it wouldn't be My Chemical Romance if they didn't include something goofy. “Teenagers,” a funny, playful song Gerard Way wrote about... well, teenagers, has an anthem-like tune and gives the album back it's fun edge. “Disenchanted” is often forgotten by fans, but has a great guitar melody and is, again, slower, but still contains heavy guitars.

The album certainly ends with a splash, as “Famous Last Words” rings in your head the rest of the day. Again, showing off amazing guitar skills, they also have an unforgettable chorus that makes you want to never give up hope. In fact, I can always go back to the song when I need cheering up or determination. “Blood,” another silly track, is only a hidden song about a minute long and was obviously purely made just to cause laughter.

The Black Parade is mostly pop/rock/punk based, but you can hear other influences from heavy metal, Broadway, classic rock, etc. All the melodies are very catchy, and, even though mostly rock/punk fans will like this, I think most anyone can listen to this and enjoy it. There are a few profanities thrown around here and there, but if you look beyond that and listen to what they're really saying, you might find much meaning behind it. The band members consist of the Jersey boys Gerard (vocals) and Mikey Way (bass), Frank Iero (rhythm guitar), and Ray Toro (lead guitar), and Bob Bryar (drums) from Chicago. They all put their own influences to the album to make it truly a joy to listen to. Hopefully, you'll listen to the album and, like the band, it'll make you want to make a difference in something or someone.

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Coffeecat3 said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I love MCR with all my heart, but I think that their first album "I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love" was their best. Their recording is kind of rough, but you can steal hear Gerards' raw, powerful Vocals, Franks' steady rhythm, and Rays' shredding abilities. It's darker than any of their other albums, but it's by far one of their most beautiful albums.


jetblackfeeling said...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 1:31 am
Great review! The Black Parade is an amazing album, there is so much emotion and meaing in every song!
callie15 said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm
I have just began to listen to this album, and I have to say it is one of my favorites, too. The songs "Welcome to the Black Parade" and "Famous Last Words" are my favorites songs, but I have to say that "Famous Last Words" takes the cake. But I love all of the songs, and certainly reccomend this album to everyone. Great review :)
MCRlover2011 said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Great article, but i must disagree with one thing, this was not their best- Three cheers for sweet revenge was, the passion and emotion drippping from each song and the story of love in twined amazing- this alblum has a good story and i love it and MCR too but eh, i'd rather listen to 3 Cheers or bullets before the black parade.
jakesulley said...
May 5, 2010 at 10:21 am
I love this cd espically the track mama
Black-Widow said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 10:43 am
I also like MCR they are cool when i got there cd sor the first time it came with a DVD about them and the Way bros had a purrty rough life
Vexa_Rave replied...
Dec. 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Yeah I guess they did. It was moreso that Gerard had a lot of emotional issues, and everyone in the band later got involved with drugs and stuff. But they all quit before this album. :) I could give you a whole biography on them. XD
MCRlover2011 replied...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm
The whole band didn't do drugs, Gerard was the only one really heavily into drugs, the other boys just drank if i'm not mistaken.
SmileKid:) replied...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm
ya not all of them did drugs but hey u made a mistake ... no ones perfect=) except Jesus lol...n e way it wood b so cool to get a bio on my chem i sed...well at least i think i sed i love them they r pritty awesome
SmileKid:) replied...
Jul. 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm
i also like the afi cd u got i always steal it from my sisters car=p
Vexa_Rave replied...
Jul. 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm
well i just meant bad stuff in general, like getting drunk on stage and making fools of themselves.  Gerard was definitely the worst, though.  he called his tour manager (i think that's who he called???) during the Three Cheers tour and said he was going to commit suicide.  O.o  that would've been tragic! and totally right on the Jesus thing, lol!  :)
Vexa_Rave said...
Jul. 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm
btw, my fave was Welcome To The Black Parade, but my second fave was Famous Last Words. the whole album's just pure genius, though.
Vexa_Rave said...
Jul. 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm
omg, that's hilarious!! i actually read your story and added it to my favorites earlier!! XD it's really good... i saw the obvious MCR title and was like, "Oh, jeez, I gotta read that!" and it was really good, too. thanks for the imput!! ^_^ (i think it's one of the greatest albums of all time, too. that's why i reviewed it. XD)
Vamps Will Never Hurt You said...
Jul. 4, 2009 at 12:56 am
An excellent review of one of the greatest albums of all time in my book. =]
Nice work!
I'd also like to thank you for your kind words in regards to my story, Vampires Will Never Hurt You (I Promise). It means a lot to me that you liked it, it really does.
By the way, Famous Last Words is my favorite, hands-down.
Lots of love,
-Kristina C.
Vexa_Rave said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm
thank you for the compliment, too! that's so nice of you! ^_^ i worked hard on this review, so i'm glad you like it. ^_^
Vexa_Rave said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm
well, i love the song, but i mean it's different. how often do you hear a song like "The End."? maybe i should've used the term "old-school" though. XD and, yes, i LOVE Disenchanted!! i always feel like the song is forgotten, but i think it's one of the best songs on the album! ^_^
mcrXisXmyXlife said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 1:07 am
I love Disenchanted
MCRlover2011 replied...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm
Me too. i like the demo verion, Shut up and play, it's sooo good...
SweetValentineVampire said...
Jun. 23, 2009 at 1:25 am
Fantastic review. However, I don't agree with "The End" being awkward in any sense. I absolutely adore "Disenchanted" myself, and simply can't wait for the next album. Thank you for writing this shining review.
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