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The Black Parade

My Chemical Romance

2006

The Black Parade
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The Black Parade is the third studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance. Released in Europe on October 23, 2006, and the United States on October 24, 2006, through Reprise Records, it was produced by the band with Rob Cavallo, known for having produced multiple albums for the Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day. It is a rock opera and concept album centered on a dying man with cancer known as "The Patient". The album tells the story of his apparent death, experiences in the afterlife, and subsequent reflections on his life. It is the band's only studio album to feature Bob Bryar on drums before his departure in 2010. The Black Parade received generally favorable reviews from critics, and the band achieved its first number one single in the United Kingdom with "Welcome to the Black Parade". The album debuted at number two on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and is also certified as triple-platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), as well as with gold certifications in both Argentina by the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF) and Chile by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Chile. The Black Parade was given the Platinum Europe Award by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for one million sales in Europe. The limited edition boxed set also earned My Chemical Romance a nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from the album: "Welcome to the Black Parade", "Famous Last Words", "I Don't Love You", and "Teenagers". The song "Dead!" appears in the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II, and the three songs "Teenagers," "Famous Last Words" and "This Is How I Disappear" were once available as downloadable content. The Black Parade has sold three million copies in the United States as of 2016, and four million worldwide. The record was reissued as The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts on September 23, 2016, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the album's release. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 361 in their updated list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

Yesssss this definitely needs to be here! 5

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

I think Pop Punk is really THE genre of Millennials. It's something that Millennials invented that no other generation really likes. I remember in the early 2000s that my parents (and my friends' parents) were completely baffled by it. It appears that Gen Z is following in step, appraising it as a weird quirk of their parents' (or older siblings') era. But I fucking love it and they're all wrong.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
5

Catapulted right back to my past! This album is just so amazing! It's memory will carry on ;-)

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

I mean, this is almost as fundamental as Enema of the State and Weezer. I believe this was also a snub.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
4

They were coming from the big success of 'Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge', and I seem to remember no one gave a damn about what they were going to release, as if their second album had been a little flash of genius that could not be repeated. But it did. And with the conceptual 'The Black Parade' they improved on everything from their predecessor: better songs, better production, absolutely cool image, epitomizing everything that a cool emo band should be, and bringing the genre to its best moment. This was their creative pinnacle, which they could not even approach in their two subsequent works, but how good it was, and what memories it brings back to all of us who lived it at the time! Very close to the 5*

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Sun Apr 21 2024
5

I've heard this album once before and at the time I remember thinking it was way better than expected, and I should listen to it again. I never did, but hey. Listening again in 2024, it's.... fucking amazing. I really should listen to this album regularly. It sniffs its own farts and the AESTHETIC is silly, but I don't care when it's this catchy. 5/5.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

Defining emo-era album. MCR nailed it on this one.

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Mon Apr 29 2024
5

I've heard of these but didn't know what sort of music. Brilliant!

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Thu Apr 04 2024
3

Welcome is nearly perfect, shyly buried in the slower tracks, notable rhotics spread all around. At nearly twenty, the artifice flakes; Some of it's bound to be admirable, though, any way through.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
3

On paper it seems like this band would be a good match to my tastes but I just can't get into them. The musicianship is good, I don't doubt they're doing just what they're intending to do, but I'm not a fan of the lyrics or singing.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
3

Surprised this isn't on the list already. I've heard the name before, but I'm a tail-end gen-xer, so this was a little past my time. Not what I was expecting at all. Way more ambitious than your average pop-punk band. Way more range and variety. Like Emo-Prog or something. Often reminded me of Pink Floyd throughout. Shit, I'd say this is a better pop-punk opera than "American Idiot" honestly. I feel like there's more layers and range here. The lyrics surprised me how often they caught me off guard and made me laugh. I'm actually quite impressed, although I must say the general sound is not one I'm a huge fan of. If I were younger this would almost certainly have become part of the fabric of my life, but there's something that holds me back from fully embracing this. A close second to Green Day in the pop-punk realm for me, which, again, is far from my preferred genre. But this is surprisingly listenable and even enjoyable for me. It could even grow on me over time with repeated listens but if I'm being honest I probably won't. Glad to have heard it though.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
3

Pretty good. Not a big fan of “pop punk” but this is better than most. 3 stars.

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Sat Apr 27 2024
3

Accessible concept rock album with shades of Queen in some lead guitar sounds and quirky Vaudeville/music hall tunes. Some good pop songs. Yes, I think it's worthy of inclusion.

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Fri Apr 19 2024
1

Musical taste will always be a subjective thing. Someone's opinion or taste should be treated as nothing more than that. And for this particular record all I have to say is: it is pathetic. This just sounds fake to me. It has no soul. It is a gimmick. It lacks basically eveything that I look for in music. To those who can really enjoy this: more power to you. I'll pass.

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Fri Apr 19 2024
1

What a load of crap is this? Or am I just getting too old for this shit? Over the top and stripped of all emotion. Just not for me.

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Fri May 10 2024
4

An LP synonymous with the aughts – I may have been a goody two-shoes non-emo kid in middle school at the time, but even I felt the impact from this album. This is my first time listening in full, but about twice a year I turn on ‘Black Parade’ to jam out so I already knew the melodic gist and band. After a full run-through, I get the hype. The band has a very strong sense of melody, and nearly every guitar line/vocal blast is harmonized which makes everything feel rich and full. The songwriting is about what you would expect for an emo album of the time, but there are enough left hooks (the triumphant ‘Parade,’ the stomping ‘Teenagers,’ etc.) to make this LP distinctly unique to MCR and the sound they were establishing. Not every track breaks the emo-pop mold, but with Gerard Way’s cutting, distinctive vocals at the helm and some massive power chords behind him that’s about all the band needs to write a classic here.

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Sun Apr 21 2024
3

I did not have an emo phase in middle school

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