The Black Parade

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2006 Ratings: #223 / 704
User Score
2006 Ratings: #3
Liked by 185 people
October 23, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reprise / Label
Rob Cavallo, My Chemical Romance / Producer
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This is an album which references music hall theatricality, marching band propaganda, religious pomp, punk energy and, perhaps more surprising than anything, an overarching sense of fun.
Entertainment Weekly

Pristinely produced by regular Green Day collaborator Rob Cavallo, this album is not just the band’s most adventurous but also its best. The Black Parade also strongly suggests that, like its protagonist, the ”old” My Chemical Romance has pretty much breathed its last.

‘The Black Parade’ is an ostentatious concept-album-cum-rock-opera about death, and it’s about to turn the late MCR into the biggest band on the planet.
Their strongest, most cohesive yet, even if it isn't quite as weird or compelling as it should be given the group's lofty ambitions.
Alternative Press

What’s really engaging is that The Black Parade is a concept album about death (physical, psychological, emotional; take your pick), yet even the most weepy sentiments are delivered with a swagger, a blistering guitar lead or a joyful, bouncy cadence.


Instead of celebrating broken hearts, Way prefers theatrical open-heart surgery, stitching together the hyperactive unhappiness of his followers and, in the process, creating as much of a movement as possible in this boggy, bloggy musical moment.

Rolling Stone

The Black Parade, the New Jersey group’s third studio album, is the best mid-Seventies record of 2006, a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock’s golden age of bombast.


Always the square peg in emo’s round hole, the New Jersey band’s third set sees them break out of the subculture in spectacular style.

The Guardian

Not only have MCR never rocked harder, they've never sounded so mature, especially on the blood-and-tears ballad, I Don't Love You. The most bonkers album of the year, but one of the best.

A.V. Club

The style suits My Chemical Romance well. Its leap into Queen-style theatrics isn't much of a leap to begin with, as the band has always played style-conscious, highly dramatic music. Where other bands have deviated from punk into surprising new directions, The Black Parade sounds like the next logical step for My Chemical Romance.

For all the urgency contained inside, it’s just too inconsistent for you to miss much if you decide not to check it out.
"The Black Parade" is My Chemical Romance's magnum opus, epic and spectacular; it would be a mammoth accomplishment...if 90% of it hadn't been done before.
NOW Magazine
They've succeeded at making a good big-dumb-rock record, but you get the sense they didn't mean for it to be quite this dumb.
Coke Machine Glow
Somebody get this motherfucker a smoothie.
The Observer
New Jersey emo kings get ideas above their station.
I’m catching up on my ARTV-core lol. But really my full 40 minute reaction and review is on my YouTube channel

This album is massive not only from a sonic standpoint but through phenomenal writing and songs that are passionate and bombastic beyond belief. This album is a phenomenal statement that shows that emo music can be done right and it isn’t always a pissing contest of who can be the most edgy
There are many albums that change people. Some point to "Dark Side Of The Moon" or "Thriller" or many other great records. But for me, it's MCR's crazy, explosive, off the wall and perfectly intense tale of woe and death that changed something. Maybe in me, maybe in the world, and possibly both.

Favorite Jams: Everything (Especially Mama, Sleep, This Is How I Disappear)

Lest Favorite: Disenchanted
with 800 followers, i think it’s finally time to review the black parade. my favorite album of all time, the album that shaped me as a person, the album that helped me discover my love for music, the album that made me want to play guitar, and the album that got me through many hard times.

the first time i heard this album was on my tenth birthday. when i was 10, i pretty much only listened to whatever was on the radio and occasionally my dad’s old beastie boys cd. but i still ... read more
...Can a hero deny that he is a hero? In fact, there is a lack of understanding of the motif of "death," which is penetrating the entire album, so I can't say anything about it, but I think it's definitely something that can move a person's mind.

Aren't you afraid to die? Of course I'm afraid. But if someone can take over my meaning even if I die, that's enough.
best three year character arc

EDIT: I do think that The Black Parade is a masterpiece and on top of that, it does fucking bang

I don't think that The Black Parade is a masterpiece or anything like that, but it does fucking bang
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Added on: January 31, 2013