A review of this — 4 years ago
MCR is a band I was hesitant to like for a while as I take pleasure in enjoying music most of my friends haven’t heard of (I’m in my 30s). However, despite an appearance on Saturday Night Live, I think you could say they’re still pretty far from mainstream.
The Black Parade is a strong, brilliant album. The song “Welcome to the Black Parade” deservedly takes center stage. Its style of several songs rolled into one reminds me of Queen’s ‘The March of the Black Queen’ and Green Day’s ‘Jesus of Suburbia.’ I’m a big fan of complex arrangements. Other standout tracks for me include ‘Teenagers’ and the theatrical ‘Mama,’ which features cameo vocals by, of all people, Liza Minnelli.
I hope MCR has staying power. I’m looking forward to more.