The Black Parade

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Great music, but also intense and dark.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 169 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A dark outlook on life, but the songs may encourage kids to think.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot of behaviors you would want your kid to emulate.

Violence

Death-obsessed lyrics; some violent.

Sex
Language

Enough expletives ("f--k" and "s--t") to rate a "Parental Advisory" sticker.

Consumerism

CD insert advertises band merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to drinking.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byOptimusPrimal February 22, 2011

Fantastic Album Fine For 14+

This album is perfect in every way, from a technical standpoint. It is close to perfection in themes, messages, and content issues. "The End" and... Continue reading
Adult Written byMisskilljoy March 11, 2012

I LOVE THIS BAND (OBVIOUSLY!) :D

Okay this is one of the best albums ever!!! I don't know where to start! First off why aren't there any "Good Role model" things on your re... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Music Girl June 10, 2011

Stop blaming MCR, their music is great and helps when your down

When some parents see, "Death obsessed lyrics..", they freak out. MCR may mention death quite a few times, or have "dark lyrics", but have y... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byheartlessxsinner August 17, 2009

Perfectly Fine

Yes, they did drop a few f-bombs. So what? Kids my age do it every single day. If parents are worried about their kids commiting suicide or becoming depressed f... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about depression and death-obsession, and the value of expressing thoughts and fears artistically rather than self-destructively.

  • "Cancer" might have poignant resonance for anyone who has personal experience with the disease.

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