Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The New Black
Now in stores, My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade.
Thankfully, it's everything I had hoped it would be; namely, it's the first rock album in quite awhile -- certainly since the iPod came to cultural prominence -- that I've purchased and immediately listened to in its entirety over and over.
It's clever without being whiny; ambitious without being overly self-indulgent; powerful without being pretentious. It's both brash and brainy.
It pays homage to everything from Pink Floyd's The Wall, to Queen's A Night at the Opera to The Beatles Sgt. Pepper to -- of all glorious things -- Cabaret (complete with a guest appearance by Liza Minnelli).
Mostly though, it marks the ascendency of what was once a pretty good band to one that can now count themselves among some of the best the genre has had to offer throughout the decades.
It's basically a really fucking great record.