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My Chemical Romance Conventional Weapons – Number Four Single, Reviewed

Over the past 4 months My Chemical Romance has been steadily releasing a series of singles that, combined, make up what is essentially the band’s fifth studio album which they’ve titled Conventional Weapons. In general I have been impressed with the band’s new music as I saw it as an improvement compared to their last album Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The band’s latest single, titled Number Four, however, seems to return to the sound MCR established in Danger Days; and from what I’ve seen on social networking websites, this isn’t a great move for MCR.

The A-track on Number Four is “Kiss the Ring”, while not excellent, is still pretty good. The song has a very MCR element of anarchism with a fairly catchy hook. The final lyrics especially make you want to shave your head, put on some combat boots, and kick some walls down: “Fist up, head down, HAIL HAIL TO THE KING!”. Unfortunately that’s really the only redeeming factor. The rest of the song is unchangingly monotonous and doesn’t make a stand as “Kiss the Ring”; rather, it sounds like that song you skip over when listening to the album because it’s just boring. Even when I’m singing it in my head, I start off singing “Kiss the Ring” but it morphs into some other song that sounds similar but is far more distinct in my head because it’s far better.

The B-track of Number Four is “Make Room!!!!” and is definitely not a fan favorite. Besides sounding like it was recorded on my cell phone (definitely not a good production choice), the words are almost indecipherable and the song as a whole is even more boring that “Kiss the Ring”. The main musical element of the song seems to just be a slamming of electric guitar and steady drum beat. At the one part where the song gets a little calmer and you can hear vocalist Gerard Way more clearly, the lyrics are annoyingly boring. That part then feels like it stretches out for too long because you’re waiting for it to get better but it never does. Basically, this song is a static of guitar and the oft repeated line “Everybody wants to change the world”.

Number Four was as a whole not impressive in the slightest. MCR fans on social websites like Tumblr and Facebook have voiced their opinions quite clearly and the consensus seems to be similar to my own opinions: “Kiss the Ring” is okay but what the fuck is “Make Room!!!!”? This is even clear on iTunes where the popularity bar next to “Make Room!!!!” is much lower than that of “Kiss the Ring”. Even though this single was not as good as I’d hoped, I still feel that Conventional Weapons as a whole will be a great album. Almost every album has a few songs that just aren’t as good, but we put up with them because the fantastic songs make it worth your time. The fifth and final single in the Conventional Weapons series, titles Number Five, will be available on Tuesday, February 8th.

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