I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

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I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Studio album by My Chemical Romance
Released July 23, 2002
Recorded May 15–25, 2002
Length 41:12
Label Eyeball
Producer Geoff Rickly
Alex Saavedra (tracks 3 and 8)
My Chemical Romance chronology
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
(2002)
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(2004)
Singles from I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
  1. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You"
    Released: May 27, 2002
  2. "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"
    Released: December 15, 2003
  3. "Headfirst for Halos"
    Released: April 5, 2004

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is the debut album by My Chemical Romance, released on July 23, 2002. The album was produced by Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly at Nada Recording Studio in New Windsor, New York.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

The album earned the band a large underground following, but they were not able to emerge into the mainstream until their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge two years later. During the recording of this album, singer Gerard Way had to sing vocals while suffering from a tooth abscess, making vocal work very difficult.

Style and lyrical themes[edit]

This album has a raw sound that has guitar riffs, very energetic vocals and occasional screaming. It is considered an emo album with strong influences, from punk rock, hardcore punk and some influences from heavy metal.[2][3][4]

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is often regarded as a concept album. It involves two Bonnie and Clyde-esque characters who are eventually gunned down in the desert. On My Chemical Romance's next album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004), the unnamed man supposedly then finds himself in purgatory, where he makes a deal with Satan: his hellbound lover for the souls of a thousand evil men. He is then resurrected and sent on his gruesome task.[5] Though it is generally accepted by the group's core fanbase, this has led some to attribute its supposed existence to over-analysis on the part of hardcore fans.[6] The alleged storyline is not confirmed by the band, but some evidence includes:

  • The following album's cover, named "Demolition Lovers" (As is the final song on I Brought You My Bullets...) and its interior artwork (including the text that reads "The story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men.")
  • The lyrical themes of the final songs on both of the band's first two albums, which are "Demolition Lovers" and "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living". The lyrics of the latter include "They gave us two shots to the back of the head and we're all dead now" suggesting that the character (if it is linked to the storyline) has been killed and has failed in saving his lover from Hell.
  • The song "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish" from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge also includes themes of a man rising from his grave, who suggests that his purpose in doing so is to commit a murder.

Another theme apparent on the album is the nature of vampires, as in both the undead creatures and, metaphorically speaking, those who seek to corrupt and exploit others.[7] The song "Skylines and Turnstiles" was written shortly after the September 11 attacks and expressed feelings of sorrow and loss,[8] and "Early Sunsets over Monroeville" was inspired by the George A. Romero film Dawn of the Dead. Gerard himself describes it as "a sweet song about Dawn of the Dead", with the lyrics using references from the film. Before the September 11 attacks, Gerard was working as a comic book writer and animator. He was working on a vampire comic (which he never completed), and has also said that is the reason for the vampires in the lyrics.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[10]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[11]
IGN (7.9/10)[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]

Text on the disc reads, "Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws and will result in Gerard coming to your house and sucking your blood."[15] The album was re-released on vinyl on February 3, 2009, with a clear as well as white and red edition. It has sold over 300,000 copies in the USA as of February 2009, also achieving a Gold sales status certification for sales of over 100,000 copies in the UK.

Re-releases of the album contain a bonus Eyeball Records sampler CD. There are several different versions of the sampler, and each one contains different tracks.

Since the closure of Eyeball Records, this album is currently out of print on every format.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by My Chemical Romance, except for "Romance".

  1. "Romance" – 1:02
  2. "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" – 3:51
  3. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" – 5:26
  4. "Drowning Lessons" – 4:23
  5. "Our Lady of Sorrows" – 2:05
  6. "Headfirst for Halos" – 3:28
  7. "Skylines and Turnstiles" – 3:23
  8. "Early Sunsets Over Monroeville" – 5:04
  9. "This Is the Best Day Ever" – 2:13
  10. "Cubicles" – 3:51
  11. "Demolition Lovers" – 6:06

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Japan March 25, 2009 Warner CD WPCR13347
United Kingdom April 12, 2004 Eyeball, 20:20 9866233
United States July 23, 2002 Eyeball EYE20022
June 21, 2005 7200222
February 3, 2009 LP EYE20059

Credits[edit]

My Chemical Romance
Production
  • Produced by Geoff Rickly
  • Tracks 3 and 8 Produced by Geoff Rickly and Alex Saavedra
  • Recorded and mixed by John Naclerio 5/15/02 - 5/25/02 at Nada Studios, New Windsor, NY
  • Mastered by Ryan Ball at Checkmate Sound & Recording, Suffern, NY
  • Original artwork, layout, and design by Marc Debiak and Gerard Way
  • Photos by Alex Saavedra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chemical reactions". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group) 1425: 21. July 28, 2012. ISSN 0262-6624. 
  2. ^ "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". IGN. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Alternative Press. 23 July 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge - My Chemical Romance
  5. ^ Demolition Lovers song meanings (imnotokay.net)
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Black Parade review at Allmusic
  7. ^ "Gerard Way Biography". Mcraddiction05.tripod.com. 1977-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  8. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited, 2005. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1.
  9. ^ Henderson, Alex. [I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love at AllMusic I Brought You My Bullets review at Allmusic]
  10. ^ http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/ibroughtyoumybulletsyoubroughtmeyourlove
  11. ^ "Reviews - Albums - My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  12. ^ Jesse Lord (2004-08-04). "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  13. ^ "My Chemical Romance: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  14. ^ Caroline Sullivan. "Pop CD: My Chemical Romance, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love | Music | The Guardian". Arts.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  15. ^ Music with a Warning Label (amiright.com)
  16. ^ "British album certifications – My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  17. ^ "American album certifications – My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH