Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
My Chemical Romance’s latest album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” is another concept album that tells another story. Just like Welcome to the Black Parade did. The difference between this album and that album is fairly distinct though- there’s more of a pop influence here than there was on that previous album. That’s neither a good thing nor a bad thing. It just is. The album starts out with a fantastic opening- something that for once benefits a rock album. Fall Out Boy did something similar on “Infinity on High” with Jay-Z. Thee first few times through that sophomore album it was entertaining, a few years removed from it… Not so much. Since “Danger Days” tells a story of futuristic industrial rebels- the odd radio intro fits in well with what the band is doing and is the perfect lead in for the single “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na.)” “Na Na Na” is definitely an album highlight- but it’s not the only one. “Sing” could be a track destined for greatness because it has a ton of heart and it’s incredibly catchy. “The Only Hope for Me is You” has a tremendous hook to it that’s reminiscent of a late 80’s/early 90’s pop-rock ballad. Other tracks like “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W” and “Party Poison” are just killer MCR tracks. Not everything on here is great, but there are enough stand-outs to warrant an album purchase. The only real knock I have is the dance-beat track towards the beginning of the album “Planetary (Go!)” the song is fine- it just sticks out as a trend and that’s something you would expect a band like MCR to set… not follow. Overall it’s a great album. Rob Cavallo did another great job with production and when Gerard Way is leading the way for something creative you know there’s not going to be any problems when looking at it as a collective piece of art. It’s not as great as “Welcome to the Black Parade” – but it’s not even close to the same album other than there being a concept. “Danger Days” isn’t as impressive of a record as its predecessor but it might make a more lasting impression.