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The Black Parade Original recording
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The Black Parade [Explicit]
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Vinyl, Original recording, Explicit Lyrics, December 11, 2007
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It turns out that I was missing a lot, and in writing this, I'm going to eat my words. It was easy to dismiss My Chemical Romance before, but now it will be impossible. With The Black Parade, an urgent, passionate, insane, awesome piece of music, this band has become essential to the musical landscape. This is an album for the ages.
The Black Parade is a concept album, and tells the story of a man known only as The Patient, a victim of cancer. The album starts with the Patient's death, spends its midsection ruminating on the life he left behind, and ends with his good-byes. It's a hugely ambitious work, and it would have been so easy for it to implode into a sloppy, incoherent mish-mash of "sensitive", junior high level poetry and forgettable power chords.
That's the kind of thing the old MCR would do. It's what characterized their first two albums, their Goth-oriented fashion sense, everything about them. But that's the thing about this album: more than anything, it's a coming out for the new My Chemical Romance--a glorious, unapologetically theatrical behemoth.Read more ›
Finally, I heard about The Black Parade... my hopes skyrocketted because I started hearing more and more good things about the album. And upon purchasing it yesterday, it has not left my home, car, and work CD player. It's on constant repeat. I'm so, so, so happy to say that I was not disappointed by MCR. This album has only served to increase my absolute love of this band.
Okay. They've changed their sound. The music isn't as dark... but the LYRICS. The lyrics are still MCR. They still scream bloody murder WE. ARE. MY. CHEMICAL. ROMANCE. Even if the music or Gerard's voice are both different from their first two albums, who cares? The band is growing. I happen to like Three Cheers and Bullets equally. I don't think MCR would want to sound the same time after time after time... To me, an album is an expression of where you are in life at that particular moment. The lyrics and music SHOULD reflect this, and it shouldn't matter if it's creating a different sound or not. MCR's music is just about as much for them as it is for their fans, if not more. We should remember this as fans of their music and not write them off as complete has-beens because they've been featured on MTV one too many times. Just because they have a new sound DOES NOT mean they've sold out.Read more ›
MCR was out to sell an album, but they were out to sell a GOOD album; they were out to make a musical composition. The Black Parade flows, and it all works together. It is not one or two good songs and a bunch of filler. It has a theme, and the music is correlated and emotional. Is it as dark as their other tunes? Probably not, but who the hell cares? Why do we have to be "as dark" in our music as humanly possible? What's wrong with a little bit of sweet melancholy?
Music isn't about being an identity or a culture. It's about making music. If it sells records, it doesn't mean its a bad album either. If you can listen to The Black Parade five times in a row and still not have it memorized, and still find yourself impacted emotionally, its a five star album. I think I've listened to this piece 8 or 9 times and I'm still loving it. So Buy it. Or download it. Whatever you do, don't knock on it because it wasn't what you expected.
If it wasn't what you expected that should be a GOOD thing. It means a band is experimenting, and MCR is taking this in a good direction. They're more developed than they used to be, and they're more musically complex. If a band isn't experimenting, they're dead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gotta give props to this 5-piece band for making my teenage years a worthwhile. This band established my standards in fashion, music and vices. Classic rock!Published 1 day ago by Mark
This album topped the charts in the mid 2000s without even trying. Everything just went smooth and great for this band.Published 2 days ago by Lester
This album introduced me to the colorless yet meaningful genre of screamo. Gerard way's iconic vocal talent and fashion taste paved the way to a musical revolution that transpired... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Christopher Motz
My emo days are not over whenever I listen to this great album by one of the greatest rock bands.Published 3 days ago by Jed Way
I will never forget all songs in this album. It's my teenage years!Published 4 days ago by Hailey Smith
This. Is. Amazing. The case had no cracks or scratches, the CD came without a mark, it came without delay, and the music is just wonderful. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
God I miss these guys so much! I remember losing my virginity to their melancholic song 'Disenchanted' hoping and praying that they would reunite soon.Published 6 days ago by Nicholas Farrell
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it drives me CRAZY that "punk rockers" feel the need to categorize EVERYTHING. ooohhh...green day isnt "punk" or My Chemical Romance" isn't "punk"...what the hell exactly IS punk, then? the ramones? the damned? stiff little fingers? what makes something... Read More
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|Where can I find song explanations?||
I know this is late, but... there's a website called imnotokay.net - it's a fansite. I don't think you have to be logged in. Go on the message board - the link is on the right-hand side. Click on "Song Meanings" in the My Chemical Romance section. There is about two pages of songs, and... Read More
Jun 29, 2008 by B. Fischer | See all 2 posts
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Yes, and in fact the band has gone on the record crediting The Doors "Alababama Song" as inspiration for "Mama".
Nov 28, 2006 by ifelloutofit | See all 3 posts
|Can I rip the songs from the cd and upload them onto my iPod?||
I didn't have any problems getting all three MCR discs on my iPod.
Nov 29, 2007 by Justin G. | See all 3 posts
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Note the URL is misspelled. It should be http://www.theblackparade.com/
Oct 24, 2006 by B. Rodgers | See all 3 posts
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