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My rating and explanation of it of all MCR albums because I have a teensie touch of the 'tism

Warning my little creepazoids THIS SHIT'S LONG AS HELL

I'm talking nearly 2000 words of me rambling about little emo's. 

Read at your own risk, I put way too much effort into this.

1. I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.

Released: July 23rd 2002 by Eyeball Records

Runtime: 40 minutes 52 seconds

Tracks: 11

1. Romance, 1:02

2. Vampires Will Never Hurt You, 5:26 

3. Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us

4. Early Sunsets Over Monroeville, 5:04

5. Demolition Lovers, 6:06

6. Headfirst For Halos, 3:28

7. Our Lady Of Sorrows, 2:05

8. Skylines And Turnstiles, 3:23

9. Drowning Lessons, 4:23

10. Cubicles, 3:51

11. This Is The Best Day Ever, 2:12

2. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Released: June 8th 2004 by Reprise Records

Runtime: 39 minutes 36 seconds

Tracks: 13

1. To The End, 3:01

2. The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You, 3:37

3. Helena, 3:22

4. Give 'Em Hell, Kid, 2:18

5. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison, 2:53

6. The Ghost Of You, 3:22

7. I'm Not Okay (I Promise), 3:08

8. Hang 'Em High, 2:47

9. Thank You For The Venom, 3:41

10. Cemetery Drive, 3:08

11. It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish, 3:30

12. I Never Told You What I Do For A Living, 3:51

13. Interlude, 0:57

(I like most of the tracks on this album a LOT, but nr. 11 and 12 never really stood out to me and I used to mix them up because they just feel a bit forgettable.)

3. The Black Parade

Released: October 24th 2006 by Reprise Records

Runtime: 51 minutes 53 seconds

Tracks: 14

1. Sleep, 4:43

2. House of Wolves, 3:04

3. Famous Last Words, 4:59

4. Mama, 4:39

5. The Sharpest Lives, 3:20

6. Disenchanted, 4:55

7. Dead!, 3:15

8. This Is How I Disappear, 3:59

9. Welcome To The Black Parade, 5:11

10. Teenagers, 2:41

11. Blood, 2:53

12. I Don't Love You, 3:58

13. Cancer, 2:22

14. The End, 1:52

"The Black Parade Is Dead" tracks:

1. Heaven Help Us (2nd overall)

2. Kill All Your Friends ( 6th overall)

3. My Way Is Through You (17th overall)

There really isn't any song on this record that I don't love with my whole heart. I think The Black Parade being a concept album really contributes to that, because every song is a unique part of the story that makes me feel so many different things. Putting the saddest songs at the bottom wasn't really a concious decision, and it's not that I dislike these songs: think that my rating of these more comes from the musical composition than the story behind it. I'm definitely more of a fan of fastpaced songs or in the case of Sleep, songs with a very eery tone (and absolutely legendary vocals. Seriously, what was Gerard ON in that studio) 

As for My Way Home Is Through You, it just wasn't very memorable for me. I haven't listened to it that often, but it's not really my thing.

4. Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys

Released: November 22nd 2010 by Reprise Records

Runtime: 53 minutes 56 seconds

Tracks: 15 (12 excluding the Dr. Death radio tracks

1. The Kids From Yesterday, 5:26

3. Summertime, 4:06

4. Vampire Money, 3:37

5. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na), 3:26

6. SING, 4:30

7. Party Poison, 3:36

8. DESTROYA, 4:32

9. S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, 4:28

10. Planetary (GO!), 4:07

11. Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back, 3:50

12. Bulletproof Heart, 4:56

Dr. Death Radio Tracks: 

1. Jet-Star And The Kobra Kid/ Traffic Report, 0:26

2. Look Alive, Sunshine, 0:29

3. Goodnite, Dr. Death, 1:59

I'm not gonna rate them relative to the rest of the album beacuse I don't really cinsider them part of the record in the same way, so it's kind of hard for me to scale them like the rest.

I love Danger Days so much you guys will never understand. It's so hard rating any of these because I love the Danger Days storyline SO MUCH and all the tracks are both lyrically and intrumentally so different. I rhink The Kids From Yesterday is my favorite just because the lyrics are SO beautiful, but I could honetly make a case for all the songs in the top half. 

5. Conventional Weapons

Released: October 30th 2012 - February 5th. 2013

Runtime: 38:26

Tracks: 10

1. Kiss The Ring (4), 3:09

2. Make Room!!!! (4), 3:42

3. Boy Division (2), 2:55

4. Burn Bright (5), 4:17

5. Surrender The Night (5), 3:27

6. AMBULANCE (2), 3:52

7. The World Is Ugly (3), 4:54

8. Tommorow's Money (2), 3:16

9. The Light Behind Your Eyes (3), 5:12

10. Gun. (2), 3:39

Ashamed to admit that Conventional Weapons, though definitly a very good album and one I love listening to, is really forgettable for me. I have a hard time telling songs apart either way, and especially on this record (or collection of duo's, I guess)

It's very 50/50 for me. The tracks that I do like are amazing and some of my favorites over all, but the whole album does really feel like the overlooked tail end of a great band. It also feels a bit less clear what the idea for this collection was, but that coud just be me not having read enough about it. (I heard some thwories that it referenced some of the Umbrella Academy kids, but I honestly think that an album should be able to be enjoyed even without knowing the concept behind it, which this album didn't always do.) 

Overall, still a good album, but it has more weak spots than what I think most people have come to expect from MCR after the genius of their last three albums

What is my favorite record overall? 

I think I'd have to go with Danger Days. Rhe concept behind it is most creatively appealing to me as both a regular comic nerd and a writer myself. I love how it allows the fans to take it into their own hands and kind of play in a humongous artistic sandbox that MCR created.

My favorite song from MCR out of them all would have to be either Sleep , Romance or Heaven Help Us. I'm a huge fan of Catholic imagery and metaphor, and the story in Heaven Help Us reminds me a lot of being misunderstood in your suffering, being tormented (by demons or just by nasty people in a regular life) and invokes an image of willingly being a martyr that my little Joan Of Arc-obsessed brain thrives on.

I love Sleep prtly because of the whole idea behind it, both in the lore of The Balck Parade and just Gerard's experiences that inspired him to write it. It conjures a very clear image of a parade-era Gerard waking up and kind of stalking around in the (haunted as hell, by the way) Paramour Mansion and just being a little ghostly weirdo. MCR also said in interviews that he would sit and watch movies about Joan Of arc in the middle of the night, deep in the dark, and that's just an image that all three of these songs really conjure for me.

I love Romance a lot, which is probably not that popular of an opinion as it is "just" an instrumental of barely a minute long. Ir was the fiest thing I really lerned to play all the way through on guitar, which definitely added a dimension of appreciation to it for me.

I also love Romance just because... I love it. It's a very nice guitar part, I can't remember the original name but it was some early 1900's Spanish piece, which Ray Toro then covered and put on the album.

I have a lot of layers of love for Romance, honestly. Ray Toro is my all-time favorite member of MCR and one of my biggest inspirations as a guitarist and as just a person.

I love listening to Spanish music with my mother, especially fado or whatever the Spanish equivalent of that is. Think Chavela Vargas, mournful romantic stuff, you know. The Romance tune really fits right into that. It's very bleak, very slow, very calm and really contrasts the rest of the screaming-jumping-in-your-face-ness of the rest of Bullets.

So, yeah, that's my current review on ll of MCR's discopraphy (excluding the demo's like The Five Of Us Are Dying or Not That Kind Of Girl, and the Mad Gear And The Missile Kid EP for the sole reason that I have not listened to the majority of it. Like, ever.) 

I will probably update this, maybe change it, or provide reviews and analysis of particular songs that I really love. Not sure if anyone would really care, but I'm mostly just doing this to catalogue the insane amount of thoughts I have on this.

Last note: I wasn't sure whether to put Foundations Of Decay on here, but 10/10. Better than that. Literally amazing beyond words. It's so great and honestly genius that it depresses me to listen to because I'm 99.9999% that I will never in my wildest dreams write a song as amazing as that. I can't even explain it. I heard it foe the first time shopping for fuhkin dinner in a Lidl and even before looking at the lyrics and barelt understanding a word (auditory processing issues are a cunt) I was already like- wow. The whole vibe is insanely eery and haunting, which fits the vibe of the whole "back from the dead" stunt they pulled with it. Because that's honestly the best way to describe it. MCR, back from the dead, just a little bit rotten and decayed and veeery different but so, so, so good.

Okay, this is getting astronomically long now, so BYEEE!!! props to anyone who actually suffered through my sad autistic rambling. This is an insane amount of word to write about one band, I know. Shut up. My nails make a nice clickey sound when I type, so I can't stop. (Sure, let's blame that, and not the half year long brain rot I've been having)

Okay, for real this time


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