Fans were deeply torn over 2009's Anywhere but Here. Many thought the music lost much of its charm. It was definitely slick, as the band employed professional songwriters in a failed attempt to churn out big pop hits. In contrast, Mayday Parade feels both more intimate and ambitious. The record contains plenty of big guitars and sing-along choruses about troubled young love. But it also contains plenty of subtle flourishes: strings, piano and even ornate twin leads. A lot of this stuff is basically Queen by way of My Chemical Romance. But hey, Mayday Parade know how to make it work.