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The Black Parade
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Chemical Romance continues to produce lyrics that are death-obsessed, but also at times, very well written. "F--k" and "s--t" appear just frequently enough to warrant a "Parental Advisory" sticker. There are also several references to drinking and drugs.
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What's the story?
THE BLACK PARADE is, according to lead singer Gerard Way, "way more dramatic, way more theatrical, completely over the top; borderline psychotic" compared to My Chemical Romance's 2004 major-label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. There's nothing subtle about this CD, as the band careens from one majestically arranged, death-obsessed anthem to another ("Wouldn't it be grand to take the pistol by the hand/and wouldn't it be great if we were dead?" muses Way on "Dead!") -- with occasional side trips to the local bar. The only subtlety comes in the lyrics of "Cancer" ("Call my Aunt Marie/tell her to gather my things"), a poignant exploration of terminal illness that may mean a lot to anyone who has had personal experience with life-threatening disease.
Is it any good?
The group's exceptional rhythm section, impressive guitar work, and intense lead vocals, along with ever-more dramatic and (some might say) overblown production techniques, create a dark and apocalyptic mood throughout The Black Parade, and some of the songwriting is evocative and poetic. Though not a great choice for overly sensitive teens dealing with severe depression, My Chemical Romance has a lot to offer those who can put the band's bleak worldview in perspective.