Gerard Way
Hesitant Alien


4.0
excellent

Review

by DyingAtheist USER (7 Reviews)
October 7th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 09/30/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Much to the chagrin of most MCR fans, Gerard Way has grown up - and crafted a fantastic album to boot.

I love My Chemical Romance. Let's go ahead and get that out of the way now - I think they're a fantastic band who rarely made a misstep outside of their final album, and I was genuinely saddened to hear of their departure. Hell, as I was letting my purchase of Gerard Way's first album 'Hesitant Alien' go through, I was listening to the titular track from 'Welcome To The Black Parade', and loving it, as I always have done. If the death of My Chemical Romance means we get more music like that on 'Hesitant Alien' though" Well, I think I'm okay with that too.

This album is a hell of a departure for lead-man Gerard Way. He's always been a multi-talented lad, between the genre-shifting of My Chemical Romance and his generally well received comic book pieces, it's not that surprising that he's decided to go in an entirely different direction for his first effort away from the band that launched him to stardom; that direction is firmly britpop territory. 'Hesitant Alien' is immersed in a thick layer of distortions, grungy drums and hazy vocals that come across as almost ethereal at times. It also manages to strike a balance between the upbeat and sprightly guitars of the era, and some tracks such as 'Juarez' that are so laden with roaring guitars and deformed drum beats that you can barely make out the vocals of Way in the background. In fact, that's prevalent throughout the album. Very few tracks put Way front and central. It's a move surprisingly lacking in egotism - and maybe a small appreciation that Way isn't really a fantastic vocalist - but it leads to a wonderfully varied album that changes from song to song and allows Way to distort and fade his voice as much as he likes whilst still remaining true to the genre.

I can't pretend to know much about britpop. At 23 now, I wasn't old enough to be immersed in it as a genre during it's 90's resurgence, and I've never really delved back into the earlier iterations. But you don't have to have done either of those things to enjoy this album. It's a big slice of exciting, unique, upbeat and ridiculously catchy music that should be enjoyable to anybody who enjoys this style of music and it should be viewed as such - irrespective of your views on Way or MCR. It's a shame that a brief view at Youtube comments reveals a massive proportion of his fanbase (soon to be ex fanbase, I assume) showing a complete lack of appreciation for what Way has done here; he's grown as an artist, dropped the whiny trappings that are more suited to high school stairwells and crafted something rather great.

Between this and the upcoming synth-laden No Devotion album, it seems we're in for a bit of a resurgence of retro pop-rock hybrids. If 'Hesitant Alien' is anything to go by, it's going to be fantastic.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Archelirion
October 7th 2014


5647 Comments


Pretty much what Snide says, I love MCR and I think I'm gonna really like this after a few listens. I only listened to a couple of tracks so far, but I'm really digging what I hear. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Great review too!

trackbytrackreviews
October 7th 2014


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love My Chemical Romance




Neg

KriegdemKriege
October 7th 2014


1544 Comments


"I think they're a fantastic band who rarely made a misstep outside of their final album"

neg

Danger Days rules

DyingAtheist
October 7th 2014


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Danger Days is half great, half terrible. And yeah, Sputnik as a community is probably more willing to accept Way's change in style etc. - but this is (I know it may not seem it at times!) a much more mature community than that usually inhabited by MCR fans.

trackbytrackreviews
October 7th 2014


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go listen to Stomachaches DA and then come back to this review

AmericanFlagAsh
October 7th 2014


8663 Comments


Not much of a MCR fan, but I want to listen to this

Digging: Stella Donnelly - Beware Of The Dogs

DyingAtheist
October 7th 2014


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been meaning to, I'll give it a spin tomorrow.

scottpilgrim10
October 7th 2014


4750 Comments


Danger Days is ok. They're some pretty bad songs on the album

KriegdemKriege
October 7th 2014


1544 Comments


"They're some pretty bad songs on the album"

stahp

scottpilgrim10
October 7th 2014


4750 Comments


just speaking the truth

DyingAtheist
October 7th 2014


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He is. Planetary (GO!). Come on!

KriegdemKriege
October 7th 2014


1544 Comments


My stahp was directed at your use of the word "they're".

scottpilgrim10
October 7th 2014


4750 Comments


oh thats wrong yea

trackbytrackreviews
October 7th 2014


3377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Save Yourself I'll Hold Them Back though

tmagistrelli
October 8th 2014


800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loved this more than i expected



MCR is gonna Fall Out Boy at some point though.

KriegdemKriege
October 8th 2014


1544 Comments


Lol Save Yourself I'll Hold Them Back is the worst song on the album!

Everything else is solid though. Danger Days is a 4.5.

JWT155
October 8th 2014


14329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What is with all the britpop comparisons.

tmagistrelli
October 8th 2014


800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If I had to dub one track on danger days the worst I would say it's Party Poison. album is a 5 though. I'll always look back to that one.

JWT155
October 8th 2014


14329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Scarecrow is hysterically bad.

DyingAtheist
October 8th 2014


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because it's clearly a heavily britpop inspired album. That's probably where the comparisons come from.



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