My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade: A Blast Of Emo Charm.
In 2006, a band revitalized the emo genre by releasing an album that would dominate the airwaves and solidify them as pioneers. This band, aptly named My Chemical Romance, powered through with black magic in their hearts and songs of heartbreak and poignancy at their disposal. Fronted by Gerard Way, the act also raised up their ambitions and proudly exhibited these tracks that would create a storm in the music industry.
Aside from brewing a storm, the outfit garnered a tribe of emo followers who flocked to see them in concert. And the Black Parade was the tour de force of 2006, a staple of true intensity. Forever in their hearts, these fans would dress like their heroes too, and they’d replicate their style, and they’d proudly buy the album to hear it in its sombre glory.
And they cited The Black Parade as the next great album after Green Day’s American Idiot which hit the industry two years previously. An audacious claim, but a legit one. With it being deemed as the opus of a generation, many critics and fans dissected it, giving their opinions. After analyzing it, they said it deserved the attention.
A hard listen, The Black Parade signified rage and harshness. But, it propelled this band to dizzying heights, putting them under the limelight. This meteoric rise was on the cards even before The Black Parade hit the shelves, as My Chemical Romance released their breakthrough Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge in 2004. That record may not have been as successful as the behemoth, but it shook the bones of the darkened elite.
Sweet Cheers For Sweet Revenge was a raw affair. On The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance showed their excellence. Little sparks of lyricism turned into full-blown storylines, hope hung by the balance, guitars sprung into life, and dreams rang true. Connecting it to the army of emo devotees didn’t take long either.
And what is it that makes The Black Parade Definitive? Why is it an innovative record? It could be its subject, its arresting plot, its dark narration, its inner core of recklessness. Or, maybe it alerts all the disenchanted to stand up and collectively put their fists up in the air.
Rebellious fans aside, The Black Parade is a decisive record because it exudes emotion and brings people together. All of it, rings true and takes emo music out of its cage and gives it a chance to exert its themes and influence. Plenty of people were skeptical, but then downed their cynicism like weapons of power.
Songs, there are 13 tracks. All dark and despairing. Some slow and some fast, some trigger hysteria and others hit the nerve of sadness. Gerard Way sings with authority and laments. His voice a signature sound, his lyrical prowess sublime. A prime example of this is on Welcome To The Black Parade.
This track dazzles. Think Green Day’s Jesus Of Suburbia, but dressed in blackness. After such blistering thrills, I Don’t Love You lowers the heat. This song hit the airwaves and stayed there for weeks. Guitars are slower here, there’s little punch, but the sentiment is infectious.
Disenchanted does this well too. Snapshots of youth becomes obsolete. It’s an experimental track, conveying loss and youthful abandonment. Way sings quietly until the guitar presence thunders through. Famous Last Words relights the tension. A fueled track, which bursts the banks of emotion. It also showcases the band’s instrumental credibility.
The Black Parade doesn’t dwell on pop dramatics. It is an emo record with rock underpinnings. To this day, the record resonates, and its charm vigorously pulls at the emotions. With it here, it aids the disenfranchised, and that’s commendable.