Reviewed! My Chemical Romance - “Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”

My Chemical Romance
“Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”
Reprise Records

Four years have passed since My Chemical Romance introduced the world to “the Black Parade,” and since then the band has undergone another transformation, this time morphing themselves into the Fabulous Killjoys in order to tell their story through song in the way of the band’s latest concept opus, “Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” And speaking of transformation, MCR have seemingly evolved from grandiose, borderline epic rock to something more of straight ahead, more streamlined rock sound.

“Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” is out with the old and in with the new for My Chem – out with the bands old emo ways, and in with the fast paced, unrelenting punk rock of the Killjoys. The record is lightning paced, firing off riff after riff, and bouncing hooks off of each other, in an effort to keep things refreshing and exciting. And that’s just what “Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” is – pure excitement. Sure, there is the underlying story of the Killjoys (the year is 2019 and the Fabulous Killjoys are a faction of anti-corporate renegades), but the music here is the main selling point. The album doesn’t give the listener much time to catch their breath from the opening minutes of ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ to the waning moments of ‘Vampire Money,’ which is something MCR hasn’t really done on their past releases. “Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” is MCR hopped up on speed, and it might just the best rush the band has delivered yet.

If you haven’t always been a fan of My Chemical Romance, it must be hard to believe that a mere six years ago this band was bursting onto the scene with their major label debut “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” jamming out advanced adolescent powerpop for the masses. But from then until now, the band has gone through quite the metamorphosis, mostly for the better. The question isn’t whether or not the band has an innate ability to change with the times in order to remain fresh and relevant; the question is where do they go from here?

Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’

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