The question of “why didn’t rock critics go harder for MCR?” (and Fall Out Boy) is a really intriguing one to me. These bands:
- were white
- were male
- were guitar-led
- emphasised lyrics
- built a massive youthful constituency
These things have in the past been fair indicators of critical attention, for better or for worse. One possibility is that the final point - big teenage fanbase - is now a black mark against bands and artists: the demographics of criticism have shifted to the extent that teen fandom is bad for the critical brand?