My Chemical Romance's 2002 debut, was a particularly strident entry in that shifty genre of bands, slamming together elements of emo, hardcore, and even metal. Rightly signed to a larger label (In this case, Reprise Records), MCR has returned in 2004 with Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. With the aid of production major-leaguer, Howard Benson, they've edited the slightly rookie excesses of the band's first album. This resulting in a pretty damn good relentless product. Ghosts wander in this Sweet Revenge, and the blood-stained lovers on it's cover are no joke. ".....Throttle the ignition, Would I die for you, Well here's you answer in spades.....Got you in my sights", singer Gerard Way wails in Hang 'Em High. There is also a cinematic concepting here - The story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men... the liners intone. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison begins, "In the middle of a gunfight, in the center of a restaurant, they say come with your arms raised high". The cut is claustrophobic, messy, and juiced with adrenaline, like the Tokyo crime caper shootout, it was probably inspired by. Picture antiheroes leaping sideways with twin pistols blaring - in slow motion of course - and you've almost got it. Put an old "At the drive - in" record in the background, and suddenly you're shot in the arm, and down to your last clip. This cd combines treble - kicking production, constant hyperness, "Get to the next note now" instrumentation, and great thematic songwriting. Three Cheers teams with the influences Mcr shares with their peers, but recent efforts from fellow travelers such as The Used and Thursday, don't have the same furious immediacy or coarseness that makes them so appealing. My Chemical Romance seems to have built - in restrictive bindings that prevent them from flying off the handle quiet - loud screamo stereotyping , or odd bird stopovers into choral parts or maudlin piano. Something Like "Ghost Of You" might slow the pace, but it doesn't touch the railing guitars or explosive drumming. Album highlights include the propulsive chain shots "Give 'Em Hell Kid" and "To The End", where layers of vocals increase urgency of modernist emo. There's no question that Three Cheers surpasses MCR's first album by a landslide. Expect nothing but extremely amazing music from this cd.
It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's A Fucking Deathwish from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
Hip hip hooray for me, You talked to me, But would you kill me in my sleep, Lay still like the dead, From the razor to the rosary, We could lose ourselves and paint these walls in pitchfork red, I will avenge my ghost with every breath I take, I'm coming back from the dead, Would I take you home with me, I'm taking back the life you stole.....
If you're searching for a dose of party music, you won't find it on I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Lyrically, this debut album by the outstanding (and my favorite) band, My Chemical Romance, is definitely on the darker side. Lyrics like "The amount of pills i'm taking, counteracts the booze i'm drinking", from Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us, and "I think i'll love to die alone" from Cubicles, are typical of the New Jersey band's less than rosy outlook. But like so many angst-ridden alternative rock/emo bands who have begun to emerge since the early 2000's, My Chemical Romance knows how to exuberant and introspective at the same time. Musically, the tend to be aggressive and hard-rocking, but lyrically, they're all about introspection. Produced by Thursday's lead singer, Geoff Rickly, this album is a generally phenomonal effort - one that deals with a lot of negative emotions, and does so in a very candid way. Some might find the lyrics depressing, but then again, rock music isn't necessary obligated to appease to positive outlooks 24/7. Saddness, pessimism, anger, disillusionment - none of which are difficult to find on this album - are like happiness, pleasure, and optimism. I
Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, doesn't fall short of exceptional, and is a noteworthy, generally respectable debut for the New Jersey combo.
Headfirst For Halos from I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.
Well let's go back to the middle of the day that start's it all, I can't begin to let you know just what I'm feeling, And now the red ones make me fly, And the blue ones make me fall, And I think I'll blow my brains against the ceiling, As the fragments of my skull begin to fall, Fall on your tongue like pixie dust, Just think happy thoughts.....