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Album review: My Chemical Romance's 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’

Mcr On My Chemical Romance’s last album “The Black Parade,” one song stood out among that record’s emo messiah complex — the sneering, hilarious T. Rex romp of “Teenagers.” Rarely has a band so needled its own fan base as when Gerard Way warns that “teenagers scare the living [stuff] out of me” atop a dinosaur-rock riff that put a stake in the heart of the tween-goth culture My Chem helped create.

“Danger Days” (Warner Bros.) is, yes, another goofily post-apocalyptic concept album with an adolescent persecution complex. But here it’s delivered with the cartoony swagger of 1979 gang movie “The Warriors” and sounds like something Iggy Pop might let his kids listen to. The excellently titled “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” has a glammy ‘70s pomp atop wiry biker-gang guitar riffing. “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W” is a sun-dazed power ballad that will close proms in the desert when the water finally runs out.

My Chem’s indulgent side still sometimes gets the best of them — the rave synths on “The Only Hope for Me Is You” belong on a different album. But they made a wise choice in closing with “Vampire Money,” a No Wave spitball whose opening lyric is an (unprintable) fistful of garlic in the eye of “Twilight’s” sexless family-values-noir. Maybe teenagers aren’t so scary after all.

— August Brown

My Chemical Romance
‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’
Warner Brothers
Two and a half stars

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2 ½ stars based off of what? You? How many listens did you give this cd?

Great music they bring originality to music which i love

I'm a fan. I'm lovin this album.

So...do you like it? The only thing I got was the usual stereotypes against 'The Black Parade.' Thus, the review becomes uninteresting and predictable.

Two and a half stars? Yet, for what little time you spent talking about the album, you seemed to enjoy it. Is that two and a half out of four? Five? Ten?

I'll pass for the palpably professional reviews, thanks.

this album was completely different compared to any of their other work. they re-invented their image and were still able to produce tastefully original work. I don't see how the rave synths were bad though, i personally thought they made the song stand out amongst a lot of the songs. If they would have left the raves out, it would have just sounded like any other rock song on their album. it's what made the track original and different.


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