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. The album was a success for both the band and the label, although it did meet with mixed reception. The album lifted the popularity for My Chemical Romance more than I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love had. Gerard Way has described the album as a "pseudo-conceptual horror story".
Lead singer Gerard Way has referred to the first single "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" as a "self help pop song" while also being called "a surging piece of emo-pop with a hook as ridiculously catchy as it was ridiculous" and a "moving anthem for the young and depressed" by Allmusic and Rolling Stone respectively. This single went on to be nominated for the Kerrang! award for best single and reached #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
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. Its lyrics mourn the loss of Gerard and Mikey's grandmother, Elena Lee Rush, and was their first entry into the top 40.
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. 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. 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. Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone said that "Revenge is a hell of a good time." 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".Robert Christgau declared Three Cheers a dud.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.NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". The album was ranked at number 260 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.Rock Sound wrote that the album is "an era-defining release", striking " a nerve both musically and emotionally with millions around the world."
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. It has also been certified Double Platinum in Canada, Platinum in the UK and Gold in Ireland, Chile and Argentina.
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^Joel Hoard. "My Chemical Romance Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 April 2015. On the strength of tracks like the pummeling 9-11 lament "Skylines and Turnstiles," the band quickly signed with Reprise Records. 2004's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (Number 28) went platinum and featured singles "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (Number 86, 2004) and "Helena" (Number 33, 2005). Pelissier left the band shortly after the release of Three Cheers and was replaced by Bob Bryar, a sound tech for the Used.
^Andrew Leahey; Alex Henderson. "About My Chemical Romance". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 12 April 2015. Although critical reactions were mixed, the record produced several radio singles and popular MTV videos, including "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Helena," and "The Ghost of You."
^Andrew Leahey; Alex Henderson. "About My Chemical Romance". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 12 April 2015. The following year, they released Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, a platinum-selling album that featured cover art by Way himself.
^ abMaira, 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)...