Danger Days, My Chemical Romance
's fourth studio album, to me, is the best album released in 2010. Four years after their last success, The Black Parade
, this album experiments even more than their previous work. This record shows how MCR have grown over the last four years, and also since their debut album released in 2002. Danger Days is generally lighter and happier than their previous work, as they stay more away from the topics of depression and death. They touch on it slightly, but like their other work, use metaphors to disguise it and make it more poetic. Whenever they do go into these topics on Danger Days, they use it as a way of inspiring others to find a way out of the feeling. In the song 'The Kids from Yesterday
', they use the metaphors to describe how far they've come as individuals and as a band. This, to me, is one of MCR's most inspiring songs.
Even if you don't listen to the lyrics, you can tell my the actual music and instruments that the band are happier. They play lighter tunes and add the effects of synthetic sounds in some songs. It sounds a bit dodgy to use these in a rock band, and it takes a while to get used to after settling in with the band's old sound, but once you start listening to the record for a while, you begin to get used to it and realise that it reflects the way the band are feeling. Of course, all other instruments are used. Guitars are used in their full effect, including more challenging solos by Ray Toro and rhythmic tunes by Frank Iero. After losing their drummer, the drum tracks here are played by a studio member. Despite this, the bass lines fit perfectly in with the drums and guitars. The vocals, as I've said before, are inspiring and happier.
Overall, this album totally lifts your mood if you listen to it right the way through. There are fast rock songs and slower, beautiful ballads, and all are recognisable as being from My Chemical Romance
, despite the synths.