I was/am a big fan of My Chemical Romance's second album.
By the age of seven, my musical allegiances were essentially set. The first album I ever purchased--or rather begged my parents to purchase in its horribly disfigured "edited" form--was Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise, not precisely a seminal statement in rap history, but a fine introduction to gangsta rap nonetheless. From there, I became a hip-hop acolyte, spending my childhood devouring the catalogues of Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and Eminem. In my early teenage years, I discovered Rawkus and Def Jux, diving into the work of Mos Def, Pharaohe Monch, Company Flow, and Aesop Rock. By 14, I had been thoroughly steeped in hip-hop. And then I bought My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. Why? How could thatend up in my collection? Well, underneath a now 17 year-deep love of hip-hop, I'm a quietly a fan of big choruses, chugging metal-ish guitars, general angst. MCR's second album fulfilled all three and gave me an answer to the question "what's your favorite guilty pleasure music?" in perpetuity.