Non-mainstream essentials: December 2010

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By Nick DiNatale

Music Editor

November’s largest success: My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

With a four year wait since the release of their previous album, The Black Parade, one of the main questions that alt-rock band My Chemical Romance faced with the release of their new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was whether or not the gap between the two albums would be justified. The answer to that question? It most definitely was.

Narrated by a man known as Doctor Death-Defying, the new album leads the listener into continuous twists and turns throughout the band’s post-apocalyptic scenario which they’ve created as a theme for the album. New elements are brought into MCR’s music (synthesizers, for example), without being enough to label them with the “mainstream” stereotype. Their sound has progressed, but not too much and not too little. With twelve tracks and three segments of Dr. D’s narration, Danger Days is also a fulfilling effort when it comes to both length and diversity. Between the faster tracks on the record such as “Na Na Na”, “Party Poison”, and “Vampire Money” and the slower ones such as “S.I.N.G.”, “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W” and “The Kids From Yesterday”, the album is very diverse. MCR even experimented in something very new for themselves with “Planetary (GO!)” which has a very dance-like beat.

With the fact that the album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, coupled with the strong musical effort that My Chemical Romance put into Danger Days, the new album is destined to be just as much of a hit, if not more of one than their previous albums. Whether or not you have appreciated MCR’s past work, make sure to give the new album a chance.

Go listen to: “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”

Looking forward to December:

1. Silverstein’s Transitions EP (December 7th)

2. Asking Alexandria’s Life Gone Wild EP (December 21st)