Welcome to the Black Parade
My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the Black Parade
"Three cheers for Revenge" in my opinion was one of the crappiest albums of 2004-2005 and I loathed every clichéd poppy hook and flick which MCR called 'punk'. It dawned upon the music business that this was fast becoming "the next big thing" and all music became labelled punk just for wearing a piece of fashionable clothing to fit a style named "emo" - this isn't how it was meant to be!
All I expected from this album was some more pretentious
doings of Gerard Way and co.
'Welcome to the Black Parade' is a truly magnificent
piece of work and it breaks all the neat boundaries that MCR had before!
It starts with the dark sombre "The End" which sounds like
a song Pink Floyd could have produced, then leads into the upbeat
bouncy tune "Dead". Ray Toro's guitar playing is excellent,
reminiscent of the days of Brian May and Slash and making a welcome
change from their old harmonised boring tunes! The strongest tracks
on the album are "Mamma" which is a Russian polka song with
a rock ballad chorus about a boy writing a letter to his Mum before
she dies, featuring guest vocals from Lisa Minnelli as the mum. "The
sharpest lives" sounding similar to a him song at the start but
then exploding into a mega rock chorus, "Welcome to the Black
Parade", the epic title track that basically describes what the
album is all about. Get this album! It will surprise you!!!!
The Gossip: Standing in the Way of Control
Beginning with a pumping bass track before the vocals
come in sounding like a black American gospel singer with a very funky
feel, this track is let down by its chorus. Expecting it to follow
on in a manner of the verse, I was disappointed that it suddenly goes
all staccato and edgy with no particular catchiness or melodic power
about it, instead just sounding like a bumpy bus ride to nowhere!
In fact the dance mix of the song on track 2 is much better as it
flows and has the feel that you'd expect. So if you bother to buy
this single, do so for the dance/club mix!!!
Gingantour: Live 2 c.d set
The Rapture: Pieces of People we Love
Skid Row: Revolutions per Minute
The Electric Cinema: Heat Exchange
After 4: 4 Play