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
Length 39:36
Label Reprise
Producer Howard Benson
My Chemical Romance chronology
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
(2002)
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(2004)
Warped Tour Bootleg Series
(2005)
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 rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004. This was the band's first album to be released through Reprise.[1] The previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records.[2] It is the band's final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar. The album has sold over one million copies in the United States.

Three successful singles were released from this album: "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Helena" and "The Ghost of You".[3][4][5] "Thank You for the Venom" was also released as a single, but only in the UK.

Music[edit]

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",[6] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge "both showcased their songwriting skills and gave them much-deserved attention".[7] Moving away from the "screamo parts"[8] and "the more complicated structures"[9] of their first record in favor of a sound that "skirts the line between pop punk and edgy, theatrical, emo"[7] while being "strongly influenced by hardcore punk".[9] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has been variously compared to The Misfits,[10] AFI,[6] and Thursday.[6] The album's sound has also been referred to as Horror punk,[10] and is stated to contain influences from gothic rock[9][10][11] and post punk.[6]

Lead singer Gerard Way has referred to the first single "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" as a "self help pop song"[12] while also being called "a surging piece of emo-pop with a hook as ridiculously catchy as it was ridiculous"[13] and a "moving anthem for the young and depressed"[14] by Allmusic and Rolling Stone respectively. This single went on to be nominated for the Kerrang! award for best single[15] and reached #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[16]

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.[12] Its lyrics mourn the loss of Gerard's grandmother,[12] Elena Lee Rush, and was their first entry into the top 40.[16]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [17]
Alternative press 4.5/5 stars [7]
IGN (7.1/10) [18]
Melodic 4/5 stars[19]
Robert Christgau (dud) [20]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [21]
Stylus (B) [22]

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.[17] 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.[23] 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.[18] Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone said that "Revenge is a hell of a good time."[21] 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".[22] Robert Christgau declared Three Cheers a dud.[20]

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.[24] It has also been certified Double Platinum in Canada, Platinum in the UK and Gold in Ireland, Chile[25] 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:
39:36

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
Citations
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  2. ^ "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love by My Chemical Romance". Rhapsody. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
  6. ^ a b c d http://www.allmusic.com/album/three-cheers-for-sweet-revenge-mw0000738265
  7. ^ a b c http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/threecheersforsweetrevenge
  8. ^ http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=2354
  9. ^ a b c http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/my-chemical-romance/three-cheers-for-sweet-revenge.htm
  10. ^ a b c http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/three-cheers-for-sweet-revenge-20040708
  11. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/09/20/my-chemical-romance-three-cheers-for-sweet-revenge
  12. ^ a b c http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/my_chemical_romance/news_feature_022805/
  13. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-black-parade-mw0000563300
  14. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/my-chemical-romance/albumguide
  15. ^ http://news.softpedia.com/news/Green-Day-And-System-Of-A-Down-Tops-The-Kerrang-Awards-2005-Nominations-6167.shtml
  16. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/311975/my+chemical+romance/chart
  17. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  18. ^ a b "My Chemical Romance — Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". IGN. 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  19. ^ Roth, Kaj. "My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for sweet revenge". Melodic. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "My Chemical Romance". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  21. ^ a b Miller, Kirk (2004-07-08). "Album Reviews: My Chemical Romance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  22. ^ a b Mathers, Ian (2004-08-19). "My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  23. ^ Greenwald, Alan. "Emo goes to Broadway on New Jersey rockers’ histrionic second album". Blender. Retrieved 2008-08-13. [dead link]
  24. ^ RIAA certifications for My Chemical Romance
  25. ^ Maira, Manuel (2007). "My Chemical Romance pone a Chile en su agenda". La Tercera (Santiago de Chile). "De las dos mil copias vendidas de su álbum debut, [I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love] (2002) pasaron al status de oro -7.500 discos- con sus dos siguientes entregas: Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)..." 
  26. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
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  29. ^ "Irish album certifications – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
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  31. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
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