A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?