Album Review
My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous KilljoysMy Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys

Every since My Chemical Romance hit the mainstream with the release of their second studio album ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ there has been a massive divide within the alternative music scene with many music fans loving the band for their catchy poppy punk song whilst just as many people if not more hating them for their emo ways and general teenage fanbase and the biggest example of this divide was when My Chemical Romance headlined Download festival back in 2007 where they got bottled for the first 3 or 4 songs and then managed to turn the haters around with many people who previously hated them walking walk to their tents quite happy with the performance.

After the extreme success of their third studio album ‘The Black Parade’ My Chemical Romance were on the brink of breaking up because the intense touring and massive fame had been getting to the band members in all different ways so they took a bit of time away from the band before working on their fourth album which was pretty much complete at the start of 2010 but they weren’t happy with the album and completely scrapped it and this is when ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ was born and the reinvention of My Chemical Romance.

With each and every album release My Chemical Romance come back with a different look, style and sound and in my eyes ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ may not be the best look that the band have gone for but it is the best sound they have come up with since their debut ‘I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’ and the overall sound and look combined is going to give the band opportunities bigger than they could ever imagine in the long run.

‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ is a concept album but this time around it is a like a big marvel style comic book story and it runs pretty damn well throughout the album, it opens with ‘Look Alive Sunshine’ which is the narrator of the story Dr Death talking over the radio giving a slight introduction to the story, after about 30seconds the song blast straight into the lead single ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ which is an instant hit in the way that the song is so fast paced with melodic vocals, fast paced guitar riffs and pretty much everything that makes poppy-punk as good as it is these days, the song is bound to become a fan favourite and I would imagine that there could be a few casualties in the pit at the bands shows when they open up with it.

‘Bulletproof Heart’ is one of my favourite songs on the album, it starts off so laid back compared to the previous song but then morphs into a big sing-a-long track which oozes in style with its extremely bouncy basslines which are pure sexual noise to the ears, the chorus is massive sounding with frontman Gerard Way singing “Gravity don't mean too much to me, I'm who I've got to be, These pigs are after me, after you”.

‘Sing’ is the bands current single and like true My Chemical Romance style they always have to have a couple of token slow songs on their albums which end up being future singles and that is the case here with ‘Sing’ the song is a grower which sounds better and better after each and every listen.

‘Planetary (Go)’ is the biggest stand out track on the album, it shows My Chemical Romance moving into the whole electronic scene with synths and electronic beats all over the place and everything running at a million miles per hours like you are on a crazy trip, the song does have a lot going on and seems like a massive overload on the first couple of listens but it won’t take you to appreciate the creativeness of ‘Planetary (Go)’.

The great thing about ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ is the fact that every song sounds so different from the last but at the same time you can see that some of the songs have been influenced by other bands such as in ‘Party Poison’ the song sounds so much like something that The Hives would of created, and the closing track of the album ‘Vampire Money’ is really raw sounding like the Sex Pistols and it is moments like this that really make me appreciate the work of My Chemical Romance these days and their creativity as music artists.

I know that true My Chemical Romance fans are going to love ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ and they are also going to gain many new fans but they will still have many people that hate them no matter what they do , however I advise you all to give the album a listen with a clear mind and make your own opinion up and I am sure many of you will be surprised at just how good My Chemical Romance are sounding these days.


Review by Trigger
 Band Members

Gerard Way
Ray Toro
Mikey Way
Frank Iero
 Track Listing
1. Look Alive, Sunshine
2. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
3. Bulletproof Heart
4. Sing
5. Planetary (GO!)
6. The Only Hope For Me is You
7. Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report
8 . Party Poison
9 . Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back
10. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
11. Summertime
12 . Destroya
13. The Kids From Yesterday
14. Goodnite, Dr. Death
15. Vampire Money
 Band Related Links
My Chemical Romance Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?