Soundtrack 11-02-2006 “The Black Parade” (My Chemical Romance)
I picked up this CD on an impulse purchase the other day and I’ve listened to it a few times now. It’s really growing on me. I have always been a fan of somewhat self indulgent and probably over produced rock opera type of CD’s, and this one fits in pretty well. The one thing that kind of bugs me, though, is that all through it I keep thinking that I’m listening to American Idiot’s younger more arrogant but less cool brother. Not because of the subject matter or the sound; this doesn’t particularly sound like American Idiot. But it feels like it. About 4 songs in my the thought crossed my mind that “these guys consciously set out to record their own American Idiot”. If it wasn’t for that little bit of contrived-edness (is that a word?) this album would wind up in my “stuck on the cd player” list.
As it sits, I do dig it anyways. The whole psuedo pop punk thing pissed me off at first (I mean the whole genre, starting with dookie right through to billy talent) because I find it hard to call any of it punk. But I’ve come to enjoy pop punk in it’s own right as good catchy, hooky songs that tend to be happy and fun. Anyways, I say go buy this album if you’re a fan of the band or the genre. It is very good. A bit slick, but good slick not cheesy slick.