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The Black Parade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who are these guys

    I don't know where it has its origins, but there certainly is an undeniable energy that My Chemical Romance brings to their music. It's enough to pique your interest if only because it beckons in such a lively manner. But there's much more on The Black Parade. These guys are not merely another motley crew of angry, disaffected young men who choose darkness over light (more on that below). They are, in fact, genuine, contemporary balladeers who arrive with an air of originality. So while you may detect hints of Queen and undisguised influences from other bands, what My Chemical Romance provides on this CD is their own powerful statement of alienation, irreverence, and nihilism. Add to that, amidst this seamy morass, there is a seemingly contradictory message as well: a brighter image- at times camouflaged, at others enigmatic- that is projected in a cheeky but often resolute manner. If you will, just when you thought it WASN'T SAFE - from the darkness comes the light, despite the absurdity there is still reason, and in the midst of despair there can be hope (perhaps that last bit a continuing homage to the band's original 9/11 inspiration). This lyrical irony produces balance and at the same time reveals a sophistication that belies MCR's ostensibly typical character. The musical complexity and panache is impressive as well. Indeed, there are several selections here that will catch your ear and hold your attention: note the dynamic drive in numbers such as "This Is How I Disappear" (highlighted by crescendos of counter guitar rhythm riffs), the Sgt. Pepperish gait on the title track "Welcome to My Black Parade," and a galore of other treats, including the Liza Minelli Broadway-like insert on "Mama" and the puzzling forlorn wail of "Cancer" (is it a love song or a farewell to life?). Then, just when you thought this was a journey via alternative rock, you will suddenly realize that you've also become the unwitting captive of one of their fetching pop hooks like those found in DISENCHANTED or the MTV favorite, FAMOUS LAST WORDS with its optimistic, confident chorus: "I am not afraid to keep on living . . . ." Both selections, not incidentally, are clever pieces of song-writing craftmanship that allow the band to stretch out and enable the front- man vocalist Gerard Way to enchant us even more. In the end, The Black Parade is successful both in its thematic approach and musical diversity. This was my first exposure to My chemical romance. The experience was a refreshing delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "when i was a young boy my father took me into the city to see a marching band"

    "Welcome to the Black Parade"that is the best song on the cd it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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