The most anticipated rock album of the year is not a title easily won, but it appears that My Chemical Romance has won that title – their only job now is to live up to it. We all knew My Chemical Romance as the emo band that released ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ and wore tons of makeup, but forget that image. My Chemical Romance’s album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, is set to be released on November 22nd and has got every fan and music critic waiting impatiently for its release.
There are a few reasons why My Chemical Romance’s latest release is the most anticipated rock album of the year. First of all, it is totally different from what we have known about the band in the past. As I said, My Chemical Romance was the most popular emo band (when they were an emo band). But, from what we have seen of the new record—the three singles they have released—they are taking a much more power-punk direction. This is clearly exhibited by lead singer Gerard Way’s bright red hair, which is very reminiscent of Green Day or Blink-182.
It has been years since My Chemical Romance released ‘The Black Parade’ and I admit that I thought they would disappear just like Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco did, but it turns out that the reason this album has taken so long to make was due to the difficult time they were having with it. Gerard Way states in an interview that they were putting the finishing touches on the CD when they stepped back from their work and realized that they were not that impressed. That was when they wrote the first single off Danger Days, “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na).” They loved the song and felt that they wanted to go more in that direction, so they essentially scrapped the rest of the album and started all over again, which is why “Na Na Na” is the first single on Danger Days.
Another reason why Danger Days is the most anticipated rock release of the year is because of the rarity of albums like this. It seems that there has not been a true power punk CD by a mainstream artist since the 90’s and early 2000’s - the days of records like ‘American Idiot’. Rock and punk fans are eagerly awaiting whether My Chemical Romance’s new album will have enough heavy guitar and lyrics about drugs to feed their appetites.
Judging purely from the three singles that have been released and the buzz about the CD either Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is all it’s cracked up to be or the singles are the best off the album. Either way, fans and critics alike are sitting on the edge of their seats to see if the CD will be a disappointment or as incredible as everyone expects it to be.