My Chemical Romance
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Release Date: November 22, 2010
Record Label: Reprise Records
My Chemical Romance returns with their first studio album since the massively successful The Black Parade, entitled Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The music on this record highlights how the band is exploring new musical territories, adding to their already impressive repertoire.
My Chemical Romance sounds like they had a blast writing and performing these songs, while taking their music and image in new directions. “SING,” the album’s third single, has a great beat and Gerard Way sounds like he’s channeling Puscifer during the verses. When the chorus kicks-in the song blasts wide open. “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W” is a grand rock tune with a Beatles-meets-Kings of Leon feel. “Summertime” has an 80’s new wave sound and could have been plucked straight out of a John Hughes movie.
One of the best tracks on the album is “DESTROYA.” It starts with a Sabotage-esque intro which quickly kicks into Perry Farrell-like verses. I couldn’t help listening to this one over and over.
The album is also packed with some rocking punk influenced songs. The first single, “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na),” is the album’s punk anthem and highlights one of MCR’s best qualities; killer guitars. The guitar-work on this album has been pushed back a bit in favor of electronic sounds, but when the six-strings are unleashed it sounds incredible. Other punk infused tracks include “Bulletproof Heart” and “Party Poison.”
There are a couple misses on this album. “The Only Hope for Me Is You” and “The Kids from Yesterday” lack creativity and sound like every other pop-punk tune out there. Not even good songwriting can salvage these tunes.
The album closes with a bang. “Vampire Money” is a phenomenal punk rock song. This is one of the most enjoyable albums I’ve heard in a long time, but it could be so much better if they shed some the songs that sound like everything else.
- “Look Alive, Sunshine”
- “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”
- “Bulletproof Heart”
- “Planetary (GO!)”
- “The Only Hope for Me Is You”
- “Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report”
- “Party Poison”
- “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back”
- “The Kids from Yesterday”
- “Goodnite, Dr. Death”
- “Vampire Money”