Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Dark power-punk is violent but also makes teens think.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 169 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The protagonist of nearly every song is some sort of outlaw. Romanticizes killing, suicide, and going down in flames with guns ablaze.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


Extreme. Many songs contain blood-soaked imagery, and there is a lot of focus on death.


Some vague "laying down with you" references. Nothing overt.


Many songs use profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple brief mentions of drugs and alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the songs here romanticize killing, suicide, and going down in flames with guns ablaze. The cover is representative of the content, showing blood-splashed lovers. My Chemical Romance can make violence and funeral homes seem sexy, especially to teenagers; make sure you talk to your teens about the music, and ask them what they think the songs are about. Stories often revolve around Bonnie and Clyde-type themes. There's also cursing in four or five songs for dramatic effect.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheMusicGuru August 1, 2010

Perfect for all ages

"Parents need to know that nearly all of the material on this record romanticizes killing, suicide, and going down in flames with guns ablaze. The cover is... Continue reading
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byConcernedDad27 March 28, 2010

Perfect for the Scene/Emo group.

Yeah, the lyrics can be obscene and if your too simpleminded to see past the lyrics, then this is a very frightening cd of suicide and death, something you don... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPATDMCR12 May 26, 2019

It is the best

MCR is so helpful. Gerard literally saved my frickin life. I was contemplating suicide when I heard MCR. The total message is that you can hold on a little long... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBilly da chilli October 1, 2019

thought provoking and dark.

To all of you stuck up parents, suicide is not endorsed in this album (it literally addresses a teens suicide as a tragedy). The music ranges from beautiful and... Continue reading

What's the story?

My Chemical Romance is a very powerful band, which explains why they're so popular with kids interested in guitar music. Too few bands actually bother telling vivid stories in their lyrics, while setting them to exciting music. THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE is aimed squarely at teenagers who believe their lives are over with every breakup, or simply feel like outsiders. \"To the End\" deals with the protagonist taking cyanide, and mixes the imagery with a wedding becoming a tomb. \"The Ghost of You\" finds the protagonist pondering whether to join his dead girlfriend. \"Cemetery Drive\" mentions suicide and drinking in a cemetery.

Is it any good?

The band makes loud, focused, driving music that's much better than most of the power-punk out there. There's the intensity and fashion sense of goth music, combined with the musical force of punk-metal. The language isn't gratuitous, but it can be severe. Nearly all the tracks are violent or deal with death (or both). Bottom line: This dark CD is solid, but make sure to talk about it with your teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about putting the stories in context, that they're fictional and not representative of real life. In what ways are these modern tales similar to classic romantic tragedies where love gets cut short needlessly? Why would anyone find "romance" in violence?

  • What do you like about this band? What do you think they are saying in their songs?

Music details

  • Artist: My Chemical Romance
  • Release date: June 8, 2004
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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