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The Black Parade

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I know it is not a new album.  However, due to recent events pertaining to the band and the album, it seriously gets it’s fair share of new publicity.

Anyway, aside from my peculiar conspiracy theory where MCR actually paid one of their fans to commit suicide in their name just to keep them in the public view and press, I need to address this album.  It has been called many things in the press.  Magazines have called it “An Epic Master Piece” or “The Rock Opera of Our Time”.  I was not a fan of My Chemical Romance before this album, but when I heard reviews like this I figured they released something truly epic.  I bought a copy to see just how truly epic it was.  And boy was it ever epic…  Epically awful.

The band had the intention of releasing it as a concept album and creating the entity of “The Black Parade” in their stage show.  I hate to say it, but the unifying theme which was only evident in a FEW of the songs from the album was death.  First and foremost about a concept album is that all or most of  the songs follow a unifying theme.  And while I understand that they have songs like “Welcome to the Black Parade” and “Dead!” on the album, how the hell does “Teenagers” –probably the most notable song from the album– have anything to do with death?

With the persona of “The Black Parade,” while it is an interesting view of death and a profound metaphor.  They carried in a truly horrible fashion.  They could have done so much with comparing life and death with a parade with a marching band theme, and yet they turn out garbage in it’s place.

Lyrics from “Welcome to the Black Parade”:
“Sometimes I get the feeling she’s watching over me.
And other times I feel like I should go. Through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets.
When you’re gone we want you all to know We’ll Carry on,
We’ll Carry on
Though your dead and gone believe me Your memory will carry on
Carry on
We’ll carry on
And in my heart I cant contain it
The anthem wont explain it.”

They stray away from their common theme of this beautifully orchestrated marching band to every other song they release.  The introduction of this new person, this “She” made me wonder who the fuck he was talking about.  He sings this character out of no where with no sense of establishment to the concept of the album, and so through the confusion the identity of the song is lost.  Not only that, but I take the last line of this to mean that the band considers this song an anthem in a sense.  Not only is it conceited of them, it’s wrong.  No anthem, no common theme even through the song, nothing but a generic single released by a pop band.

But to make matters worse, in interviews before the release of the epic failure they were cited as being influenced by the older rock operas like “The Wall” released by Pink Floyd and “Tommy” released by the Who.  Aside from it being an utter slap in the face of these bands, it is completely inconclusive while listening.  The thing about those two albums being rock operas was that they were concept albums with outright plots.  Not only was there a unifying theme in every song, but there was an underlying story, minor themes, morals, ideas present, and theatrical shinanigans like none seen before in rock.  None of these things were evident in “The Black Parade”.

The only thing that MCR thinks they have in common is the idea of theatrics.  There is one big difference though:  Both older bands had those albums turned into movies.  While one follows a more cinematic approach to a movie [Tommy] the other ideally creates a world all it’s own within the mind of one man, and is basically a modern opera with lyrics from the song being the dialect for the movie.  To think that MCR would put themselves on a pedestal, and say through association that “The Black Parade” would hold it’s own in a cinematic experiences is outlandish and ludicrous on many degrees.  The bands weak taste for the theatrics leaves much to be desired from a stage show of some kind rather than just a painted backdrop and marching band uniforms.

Ultimately, a failure, and personally, I don’t know why anyone would want to link themselves to this album as a cause of death.

Welcome to the Black Parade Video:


Written by Paul K

June 4, 2008 at 4:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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    Wasn’t there an American Idiot movie in the works or something? Whatever happened to that, anyway?

    Marshall B

    June 4, 2008 at 5:13 am

  2. When I was watching that video, the only thought that came to my mind, especially the vocalist, is that it looks like a nazi parade.

    Don’t worry man. These are just disposable bands.


    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 am

  3. I read about this in the music boardz.
    I think some kids these days are just plain ridiculous.


    June 4, 2008 at 9:54 am

  4. I’m working on a Black Parade film.

    Jacob Z

    June 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

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