- Audio CD (24 October 2006)
- Parental Advisory ed. edition
- Language: English, English, English
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Warner Music
- ASIN: B000I5Y8ZU
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The Black Parade CD
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The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance's follow-up to its 2004 platinum major-label debut Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, "is way more dramatic, way more theatrical, completely over the top, borderline psychotic," says Gerard Way. "It's the most pure, intense thing we've ever been involved in." Producer by Rob Cavallo (Green Day), the album is a celebration of lvoe and death and darkness. Join The Black Parade.
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At first, their choice of track listing (ie: opening with "The End" amongst others) was a little off-kilter, but, the more I listen, the more I appreciate/understand. Gerard has chosen to present the tracks in the fashion of a dying man's recollections of his life, life flashing before one's eyes. In fact, this reminds me of Grant Morrison's (comic) "Invisibles" , Vol. 1, issue 12 wherein the story is presented as a series of non-linear scenes that are ultimately revealed to be the dying visions of a token bad-guy who had been killed by King Mob, the main character, back in issue 1. Now given Gerard's professed admiration for Grant Morrison's writing, I'd say it's no mere coincidence, more a case of subliminal inspiration, if not an outright tip of the hat. But I digress.. As for the songs, manoman what a collection. It's hard to pick a fave overall, but "House Of Wolves", "Mama" and "Sleep" stand out especially. "Sleep" (to me) seems like a natural album closer, but that goes back to the choice of track-listing. Not so much dashing expectations as breaking rules and conventions, which really is brilliant - so much of these songs owe a debt to "classic rock" forms, but MCR also choose to keep the rig barelling in a post-modern/forward direction, pedal full to the metal. Bravo!
MCR really are an inspiration. I'm 33 and these guys (among others) give me hope that good/great music is in safe (new generational) hands, and not in danger of being completely homogenised (ie:IDOL-ised) into putrid stagnation.
Also, Liza deserves a special mention. So much bad press about her inclusion on the album. Typical of what Henry Rollins once referred to as "hack writers". Bravo, Liza! And Bravo MCR (Gerard especially) for such gracious consideration of her.
Now, I really only have one tiny criticism of "The Black Parade" - "Cancer" is just too short! Call me greedy, but it needed at least another verse or something more. Cool song, but!
And the Box Packaging is just exquisite. James Jean rocks as does black velvet. Now, if I can only have MCR agree to headline MY funeral one day, that WOULD be a black PARADE! LOL.
Looking forward to seeing MCR live in January and also can't wait 'til their NEXT album (Not to forget THE UMBELLA ACADEMY comic). Peace!
Oh, and one last point - "John" : man I don't know whether to pity you or hold you as an inspiration. I mean, Keith Urban - putting yourself through THAT much torture in the name of musical appreciation, that takes stones! I suggest Celine Dion next or maybe even John Tesh. As for your quip about MCR being the biggest posers, well, I still ain't bought YOUR CD yet (It IS on the wish list, though) so I guess the verdict is still out. LOL.