Good Lord, could this guys rock any harder? This is a perfect sophomore effort from MCR, delivering up 13 tracks in the same vein as their first album. My only complaint is that none of the songs jumped out and grabbed me like their first album, but I chalk that up to a lack of repetition in listening rather than a degradation of skill on their part. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid" and "Helena" are definately the stand out tracks here. This is a must have for anyone who is a fan of their first album, and even though I liked it slightly less than their first album, it still gets the big 5 stars.
All in all not a bad first effort for a now famous band, but this album certainly suffers when compared to their later efforts. Jordan's vocals are not up to par, and the band seems to still be searching for their sound on this CD. Thankfully, it's all UPHILL from here, as the band has only gotten better and better with each subsequent release. Still, if you have never heard the band before, I would give this album a skip and go directly to their 2nd, self titled album. However, if you are already a fan, it is interesting to hear how the band sounded when they first started out.
NFG's second full-length album shows a lot of maturity compared to their first. Jordan shows a lot more of his signature vocal stylings that became NFG's trademark on their later albums, something that was sorely lacking on "Nothing Gold Can Stay". This CD also contains a much better recording of "Hit or Miss", probably the best song from their 1st album. All in all, I would recommend to anyone listening to this band for the first time to start with this CD rather than "Nothing Gold Can Stay", as it only gets better from here!