With a lengthy 19 tracks this album boasts an array of hits, featuring MCR’s ventures from Punk Rock to Prog Rock, including classic tracks Vampires Will Never Hurt You, I’m Not Okay (I Promise) and Welcome To The Black Parade. The record ends with never heard early demos Skylines And Turnstiles, Knives/Sorrow and Cubicles.
My Chemical Romance are an institution in the rock world, and will be missed a great deal by their fans worldwide, as this “greatest hits” album bids a fond farewell from Gerard and the guys.
MCR started life in New Jersey, USA, supposedly influenced by the September 11th disaster, the band formed in September 2001. The band were an underground hit with their debut album I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love (2002), Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004) Followed, and achieved commercial success with hit singles, I’m Not Okay, Helena and Ghost Of You. Now with a huge following, MCR smashed out with a new album, The Black Parade (2006), which featured a staggeringly different sound.
The record was highly conceptual, and had the band standing proud in their matching outfits presenting complex and emotive story telling songs. After lengthy touring with The Black Parade MCR took time out to relax, re-evaluate and have some much needed family time. When they came back together they did so with another different sound. Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010) displays another colour of MCR, the record was high impact, exuberant and fast paced- filled with all the joy and energy they’d stored up over their break present in the sound. With four popular singles, the album was another hit.
With this being their third look-back album, the usual rock-star argument- that the record company has pushed for the greatest hits unsupported by the band- is moot, so what’s My Chem’s excuse? Perhaps saying farewell with a properly new album, or one off gig would have been a better way to go. Any fan has got all the new music, and loved it, but will anyone spend their precious monies on an album of rehashed songs, just to put it straight into Warner Bros’ pockets? This one won’t.
But big respect to twelve years of rockin’ out- My Chem style. They’ve genuinely changed lives.
May Death Never Stop You is out blah.