Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Studio album by My Chemical Romance
Released June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
Recorded October 2003 – January 2004, at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village / Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, California
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 39:36
Label Reprise
Producer Howard Benson
My Chemical Romance chronology
Like Phantoms, Forever
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Warped Tour Bootleg Series
Singles from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
  1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
    Released: September 13, 2004
  2. "Thank You for the Venom"
    Released: December 13, 2004 (Europe)
  3. "Helena"
    Released: May 23, 2005
  4. "The Ghost of You"
    Released: August 29, 2005

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004.[2] It is My Chemical Romance's first release through Reprise.[3] Their first and previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records.[4][5] It is the band's final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar.[6] The album was certified platinum in less than a year from its release.[3] The album has sold over one million copies in the United States.[5]

In Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, My Chemical Romance produced a cleaner sound than that of what they produced in I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.[7] The album was a success for both the band and the label,[5] although it did meet with mixed reception.[8] The album lifted the popularity for My Chemical Romance more than I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love had.[7] Gerard Way has described the album as a "pseudo-conceptual horror story".[7]

The four released singles from the record included "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Helena", "The Ghost of You", and in the United Kingdom, "Thank You for the Venom". The non-single tracks on the album have been praised as some of the album's "bests" as well, such as "Hang 'Em High" and "The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You".[7]

Gerard Way, the lead singer of the band, drew the album's cover artwork himself.[9]


While I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was considered "a particularly strident entry in that shifty genre of bands tortuously slamming together elements of emo, hardcore, and even metal",[10] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge "both showcased their songwriting skills and gave them much-deserved attention".[11] Moving away from the "screamo parts"[12] and "the more complicated structures"[13] of their first record in favor of a sound that "skirts the line between pop punk and edgy, theatrical, emo"[11] while being "strongly influenced by hardcore punk".[13] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has been variously compared to The Misfits,[14] AFI,[10] and Thursday.[10] The album's sound has also been referred to as Horror punk,[14] and is stated to contain influences from gothic rock[13][14][15] and post punk.[10]

Lead singer Gerard Way has referred to the first single "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" as a "self help pop song"[16] while also being called "a surging piece of emo-pop with a hook as ridiculously catchy as it was ridiculous"[17] and a "moving anthem for the young and depressed"[18] by Allmusic and Rolling Stone respectively. This single went on to be nominated for the Kerrang! award for best single[19] and reached #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

Album opener "Helena" has been referred to as an "album highlight and smash hit". Gerard has claimed that the song "shaped what the album is about" and "revealed their darkside" in comparison to the first single.[16] Its lyrics mourn the loss of Gerard's grandmother,[16] Elena Lee Rush, and was their first entry into the top 40.[20]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Album of the Year 63 [21]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [22]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars [11]
Common Sense Media 3/5 stars [23]
IGN (7.1/10) [24]
Melodic 4/5 stars[25]
Robert Christgau (dud) [26]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [27]
Stylus (B) [28]

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic wrote that "with the aid of production major-leaguer Howard Benson, they've edited the slight rookie excesses of I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love, resulting in a rewarding, pretty damn relentless product." The album was awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Loftus.[22] Andy Greenwald of Blender thought that "Way’s gulping, gasping whine turns stompers like "I’m Not Okay (I Promise)" into after-school poetry". Greenwald praised the fact that Way integrated elements of his life into the songs on the album. He awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars.[29] JR of IGN wrote that it was "a good album" but "isn't nearly as varied or daring as it could have been". He ranked the episode 7.1 out of 10.[24] Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone said that "Revenge is a hell of a good time."[27] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine wrote, that this album contained "twelve near-flawless songs and an interlude in thirty-nine minutes" and that "even when it lets up, [it] doesn’t let up".[28] Robert Christgau declared Three Cheers a dud.[26] Common Sense Media has called most of the songs "Bonny and Clyde" themed and awarded it 3 out of 5 stars. Common Sense Media also placed their age rating for the album at 14 years old and suggested that parents should talk to their children about the meanings of songs contained within the album.[23]

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has sold over one million copies to date in the United States and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[30] It has also been certified Double Platinum in Canada, Platinum in the UK and Gold in Ireland, Chile[31] and Argentina.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by My Chemical Romance.

No. Title Length
1. "Helena"   3:22
2. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid"   2:18
3. "To the End"   3:01
4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"   2:53
5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"   3:08
6. "The Ghost of You"   3:23
7. "The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You"   3:37
8. "Interlude"   0:57
9. "Thank You for the Venom"   3:41
10. "Hang 'Em High"   2:47
11. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"   3:30
12. "Cemetery Drive"   3:08
13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living"   3:51
Total length:

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia April 11, 2005 Reprise CD 9362486152
Japan July 22, 2004 WPCR11890
January 26, 2005 CD+DVD WPZR30075
June 24, 2009 CD WPCR13504
United Kingdom September 3, 2004 9362486152
United States June 8, 2004 486152
December 16, 2008 Vinyl LP 148615



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