For its major-label debut, My Chemical Romance amps up the melodies in transforming its unique hardcore approach to more of a pop-punk style. To say this Jersey quintet subscribes to the half-empty-glass outlook on love and relationships is like saying Johnny Rotten is a slightly irritable chap. Buried amid the abundant sing-along choruses and the tasty, two-guitar attack of fretburners Ray Toro and Frank Iero is doom-and-gloom imagery that ranges from the suicidal allusions of the soaring "Cemetery Drive" to the murder and firing squads of the insistent "Give 'Em Hell Kid." Frontman Gerard Way exudes plenty of charisma, and his clear and powerful phrasing works well in a format where vocal precision is often an afterthought. In particular, Way shines within the bizarre confines of the quirky "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" and the subtler nuances of the dream-pop-flavored "The Ghost of You."
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01 Helena (So Long & Goodnight)
02 Give ‘Em Hell, Kid
03 To The End
04 You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
05 I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
06 The Ghost Of You
07 The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You
02 Thank You For The Venom
03 Hang ‘Em High
04 It’s Not A Fashion Statement It’s A Deathwish
05 Cemetery Drive
06 I Never Told You What I Do For A Livingiving