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MCR’s ‘Danger Days’ A Good Sign For The Future

December 1, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

By Brian Harris
“Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys” is Jersey-bred My Chemical Romance’s follow up to “The Black Parade”.
For fans of the band that have been with MCR from “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” up to now, “Danger Days” is a completely different look and showing from the band. Gone are the marching band from hell clothes and cookie-cutter lyrics about misery. They’ve been replaced by flashiness and heart-pumping rock ‘n’ roll.
“Danger Days” loosely tells the story of an outlaw group known as the “Fabulous Killjoys” and their fight against the evil corporation Better Living Industries or BL/ind. In the videos for the songs “Na Na Na” and “Sing,” you can see the four remaining members of MCR (drummer Bob Bryar left amicably in March). playing the members of the “Killjoys”: singer Gerard Way is “Party Poison” little brother and bassist Mikey Way is “Kobra Kid” and guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero are “Jet Star” and “Fun Ghoul” respectively.
There isn’t a set storyline to “Danger Days,” but using spoken interludes from their guide and co-hort, pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying, listeners can figure out that the “Killjoys” battles were all for naught. This nihilistic tone can be heard on songs like “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back” and “DESTROYA”.
Overall, My Chemical Romance should be applauded for no longer abiding by any sort of formula and for doing the music thing not for the money but for the sheer danger of it.
The song “Vampire Money” is about how they turned down a chance to have a song on one of the “Twilight” soundtracks, showing just how little they cared about the status quo.
“Danger Days” isn’t a perfect album by any stretch of the imagination. A lot of songs fall flat as they attempted to fine-tune their new-found freedom. The best songs on the album are the ones where My Chem simply let loose like “Na Na Na” and “We Don’t Need Another Song About California.”
Overall, “Danger Days” is a lot like Frankenstein’s monster, a brand-new creation that’s trying to find its footing. It’s not a bad thing at all, you just are waiting to see just how strong it can get. ***1/2

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