Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
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Based on 21 reviews
2010 Ratings: #422 / 882
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A thrilling comic book of an album, the unpredictable chaos of the early days replaced by the confident swagger of genuine pack leaders.

Swapping gothic pomp for metallic power pop, My Chemical Romance may streamline their excesses on Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the sequel to their 2006 magnum opus The Black Parade, but they by no means excise their indulgences.

Beats Per Minute

Danger Days is an homage to fast cars, rock n’ roll and American culture. Half of the album is a blitzkrieg of blazing guitar driven songs that are meant to evoke a sense of speed.

An epic, end-of-days drive, taking in '80s synths, mainstream metal and gleaming pop.
Consequence of Sound

With the theatrics serving only to enhance the music and the music layered and heightened, Danger Days shows My Chemical Romance to be a band with relevance and staying power, the very definition of evolution.

‘Danger Days’ is a band embracing what they are: the loudest, brightest, most exciting gang from their block.
The Fly
My Chemical Romance’s fourth effort comes as a much needed kick up the jacksy of a genre that’s lost its way of late. Perfect timing, magnificently played.
Alternative Press

Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, is literally the sonic equivalent of a comic book. Narrated by the self-described “surgeon/proctor/helicopter” Doctor Death-Defying, the 15-track album is as visceral as the superhero wannabes of Kick-Ass and a vast sonic departure for the band.

Most important, it's big fun, whether you buy into the high concept or not.
The Guardian
Their fourth album unveils an energetic pop-punk sound – somewhere between Weezer and the Dead Kennedys – although even the psychedelic S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W comes with a chorus designed to be sung in stadiums.
Classic Rock

In essence, MCR are hi-def traditionalists. And Danger Days sees them impressively expand their palate. On initial listens the record seems blown-out like a rusted speaker, as if producer Rob Cavallo has tried to counteract the dour pacing of The Black Parade by fuzzing up Ray Toro’s guitar into a virtual buzz-saw.

Pop hooks are much more prominent, it’s lyrically less angst-ridden and, in consequence, is more universally accessible.

“Summertime” could pass for something from Coldplay’s last album. “You can run away with me anytime you want,” Way croons, but the guy doesn’t sound in a hurry to go anywhere at all. Viva la Vida Familiar.

No Ripcord

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a shot in the arm via the band’s reimagining of The Stooges and MC5 with their own more mainstream rock tendencies.

Rolling Stone

Somewhere between the metal- messiah riffs of ” Destroya” and the Red Bull-fueled stomp of “Bulletproof Heart,” Danger Days offers a total rejection of bloated celebrity rock.

Entertainment Weekly

The glammy, gloomy band's 2006 opus The Black Parade was nearly the emo American Idiot. They never took to being that genre's sweethearts, though, so this is a clean break: synthed-up anthems suited for the car, not the coffin.

Drowned in Sound
Gone are the strings, pianos, puppets and stage whispers. MCR have chosen to almost completely eschew their theatrics in place of a record that totters between the gothic punk of their earlier albums and aluminium future-pop, neatly reflecting the album's post-apocalyptic drapes.

Danger Days is a far cry from the artistic plane that The Black Parade sits on: it's a decent pop-rock album, a disastrously confused concept album, and even with its marketing, much is left to be desired.

The songs are forgotten once they end, and thus so is the record.
The Independent
It's all delivered in a series of shrilly efficient rockers that blend Queen bombast with Green Day bubblegum-punk – a breed of sped-up, over-primped grunge that makes you wonder if Kurt Cobain had lived into his thirties (like MCR), would he have ended up like this? Perhaps not.
A.V. Club
Pretentious yet lunkheaded, the disc’s only charm is its slick, fist-pumping arrogance. On the off chance that anyone needs a reminder of how desperate and irrelevant ’80s hair-metal sounded circa 1990, here it is.
I swear to god I thought I reviewed this. Oh well.

OK, I can completely agree with everyone saying that this album is in no way as good as The Black Parade. It's not even close. Is this album cheesy? Yes, most definitely, almost defiantly cheese balls. Is it kinda dated in places? Sure, the more electronic elements of this album haven't particularly aged like fine wine. But is this album fun? Yes. Yes yes yes.
This album is absolutly overflowing with positive energy. It's a summer album first ... read more
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My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.
as a HUGE fan of mcr, I have to tell how much I love this shit
okay, this is a good album, it's not a masterpiece, but it's not bad just because it's very different from The Black Parade, or it's seems not as good as TBP, I thought it was not good when I first time listen to this, I'm also didn't fully feels this album enough at the time, just like when I listened You Won't Get What You Want for the first time.
it's not like I listen to this more so I like this more, the time when I'm tired ... read more
If this weren’t so high energy, fun, and playful, I probably wouldn’t get too much out of it. It’s no TBP. It’s not even in the same league or ballpark, but it’s still conceived from the band’s ever so present and exceptional musicianship.

I also think Sing is a banger. Bite me.
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Track List

  1. Look Alive, Sunshine
  2. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) 
  3. Bulletproof Heart
  4. Sing
  5. Planetary (GO!) 
  6. The Only Hope For Me Is You
  7. Jet-Star And The Kobra Kid/Traffic Report
  8. Party Poison
  9. Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back 
  10. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
  11. Summertime
  12. Destroya
  13. The Kids From Yesterday
  14. Goodnite, Dr. Death
  15. Vampire Money
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