First, apologies to Ray Toro for getting cropped out of the picture. I did my best. 🙂 Anyways, on to the review…
I’m a huge My Chemical Romance fan. “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” was my favourite debut album since Guns n’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction,” and after seeing them at Projekt Revolution a year or two ago, they’re one of the few bands I’ll go out of my way to see live (April 11 in the Manhattan). It was because of the already high expectations I had that I wasn’t so sure aboot “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” especially when their first two singles, while great videos, didn’t really impress me all that much as songs.
That said, after a few listens, the album is as good if not better as their others.
First, just to give some background on the “story” of the album, a quick cut and paste from Wikipedia…
The album’s concept is based around the lives of the “Fabulous Killjoys”, in the setting of California in the year 2019. The band’s alter-egos are the four Killjoys: “Party Poison” (Gerard Way), “Jet Star” (Ray Toro), “Fun Ghoul” (Frank Iero), and “Kobra Kid” (Mikey Way), shown in the videos for “Na Na Na” and “SING”. The Killjoys are a group of outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation Better Living Industries (BL/ind.) and its leader Korse (Grant Morrison).. The character aliases are the names of their “designer” guns. Their guide is the pirate radio DJ named Dr. Death Defying who is voiced by Steve Montaño.
Got all that?
As a “concept,” where the songs are played in order tell some semblance of a story, the album didn’t really work for me. It was once I started listening to it on shuffle, where I was focusing more on the song and less on the “story,” that’s where I really started to enjoy it more with each lesson. I like the Queen influence of the band (or what Guns n’ Roses would have been if Axl didn’t go insane), where each album sounds entirely different from the previous one…yet you know at first listen is a My Chemical Romance album.
Songs like “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W,” “Party Poison” and “Planetary (GO!)” wouldn’t have worked on any of their other albums, yet are still some of my more favourite songs they’ve done. Ironically enough, my favourite song was “Vampire Money” which was really the one song who had the least to do with the “Danger Days” storyline.
Either way, it was a great album that their current fans will love and will create an whole to legion of My Chemical Romance fans.