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My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge 
By Mark Hensch

Formed in 2001, the five piece set known as My Chemical Romance is known for a style of dark, yet sleek and stylish, lyrics over an ever changing set of sonic sound. After gaining much respect from their debut, I Brought You my Bullets, You Brought me your Love, the high octane rockers went on a major touring exodus, along with bands like The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, and many others besides. This dedication and drive to the fans had many salivating for the sophomore release by MCR, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.

The aptly titled album finds the lacy and soft "Helena" explode into a passionate and emotional rocker later on. "Give 'Em Hell Kid" is a punk/pop punk rocker, power chords and bass lines adding nice texture to vocalist Gerard Way's odd and usually anguished lyrics. 

"To The End" is an interesting surrealist tune with some jazzy background riffs over the more dominant power chords, not too mention a cool little solo towards the end. 

"You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" simply rules. The piano-like guitar intros, jazzy backdrops, and darkly romantic lyrics would make the song worth it alone, but it doesn't even end there. It busts out with a thrash chorus, features a great guitar solo, and is peppered with guest vocals from one of my favorite vocalists, Bert McCracken from The Used. 

"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" is like quasi-goth pop rock, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your cynicism. 

"The Ghost of You" waifs in with a murky and crushing mellow progression, and Gerard really adds some awesome vocals to this song, which is easily another highlight to the album. 

"The Jet Set Life is Gonna Kill You" rocks in with some organ effects, a building drum beat, and glassy guitars. "Interlude" is a quiet but acceptable piece of filler.

 "Thank You For The Venom" showcases a more metal approach to MCR's sound, and is a strong thrash ballad of heartbreak and loss. 
"Hang 'Em High" is a sweet track that moseys in with some generic Spaghetti Western type effects, before changing it somehow to a powerful rock version.

 "It's Not a Fashion Statement, it's a F---king Death Wish" is another strong rocker that      falters a little but largely comes across as pretty enjoyable. 

"Cemetery Drive" wades in with some strange guitar parts and a soft, consistent drum beat. Like every song before it, the morbid and Gothic undertones pervade the lyrics and make the songs that much more interesting. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living" is a good Goth rock closer.

I will admit I knew only a little of My Chemical Romance before the release of this album, and as such, it is both helpful and harmful as I am not an overtly-biased fan, but I also am judging something that might or might not have improved from previous works and I don't know it.

At the end of the long night though, I was pleased by these guys. The genre they reside in is really a hodge-podge of classic goth, pop punk, thrash, hardcore, and screamo. Picture an unholy matrimony of H.I.M. and A.F.I. perhaps, or something old-school rock with Gothic Punk leanings. I am pretty intrigued, and I gotta say this is a really amazing album. Four stars for the CD, and Three Cheers for My Chemical Romance.

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance

CD Info 

My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Label: Reprise
1. Helena
2. Give 'Em Hell Kid
3. To The End
4. You Know What They Do to Guys Like us in Prison
5. I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
6. The Ghost of You
7. The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You
8. Interlude
9. Thank You for the Venom
10. Hang 'Em High
11. It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a F--king Death Wish
12. Cemetary Drive
13. I Never Told You What I Do for a Living
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