AOTY 2021

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Ratings: #510 / 900
User Score
Based on 588 ratings
2010 Ratings: #192
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Kerrang!
A thrilling comic book of an album, the unpredictable chaos of the early days replaced by the confident swagger of genuine pack leaders.
90
AllMusic

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.

82
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.

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

80
DIY
‘Danger Days’ is a band embracing what they are: the loudest, brightest, most exciting gang from their block.
80
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.
80
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.

80
Billboard
Most important, it's big fun, whether you buy into the high concept or not.
80
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.
80
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.

70
musicOMH
Pop hooks are much more prominent, it’s lyrically less angst-ridden and, in consequence, is more universally accessible.
70
Spin

“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.

70
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.

70
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.

67
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.

60
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.
50
PopMatters

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.

40
Sputnikmusic
The songs are forgotten once they end, and thus so is the record.
40
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.
18
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.
PipePanic
70
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
ElectricMess
80
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CLJesse
15
My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.
PcPowerUp
100
JUST AS GOOD AS BLACK PARADE FOR COMPLETELY DIFFERENT REASONS
Docky
99
This is easily the most... bright mcr album. Its basically a comic book in the form of an album, well its literally that as its based on a comic Gerard wrote. The songs aren't complex nor are they deep or anything, it's their most simple album and also easily one of their most fun projects. Sure it's cheesy and the concept is very over the top but who cares when your album is as much of a blast as this is.

Fav Tracks: The Only Hope, NA NA NA, SCARECROW, Vampire Money, planetary GO and ... read more
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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

Year End Lists

#10/Gigwise
#28/Rolling Stone
#43/DIY
#45/One Thirty BPM
#48/NME
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