Music essay: The black parade as a classic album and bias against emo

I’m listening to this album this morning, and I’ve decided to make a post about it.

The Black Parade is more than just an emo album. Sure, it may have emo lyrics, but they are by far the best emo lyrics in the genre. In addition, sat you were to remove the lyrics, you would just have an incredible hard rock album. And I’m not trying to say that emo is bad. I love a lot of traditional emo bands. But emo is stereotyped as whiny, angsty teen rock. And while I disagree with that as much as possible, I believe that the best emo bands are post-emo, where they embrace their roots while still experimenting. Case in point Brand New. Their first album, Your Favourite Weapon, was a good album, but was nowhere near as good as their more theatrical, experimental albums like The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, or Science Fiction, or Deja Entendu. 

My real point is that The Black Parade is an under appreciated album that is held back by the label of emo, which is not really appreciated by anyone besides teenagers. But in my opinion, The Black Parade is just as good as the other modern classics like The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails or Nevermind by Nirvana.

So if you have listened to The Black Parade, give it a try, it’s worth it.

2 thoughts on “Music essay: The black parade as a classic album and bias against emo

  1. Ahhh so happy to see your able to tell the difference between your genres it’s a skill not many of us can do with consistency, with the amount of music people like us digest it’s only natural we tend to lump things together tho I suppose…

    Some big names you mentioned there at the end, but I can tell you know your stuff great review indeed, so much so in fact in gonna check it out, keep up the good work

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