Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien
- 3.5 / 10
Gerard Way’s anticipated solo effort was released today, and i went and got it as fast as I could. I was a big fan of My Chemical Romance (until their last few records, anyway), and I thought this would be a great departure for Way. Unfortunately, it’s not, and most of the album sounds like B-side MCR songs.
- 01. The Bureau
This track is like taking The White Stripes and mixing them with 80’s glam-rock band Poison. If this song is any indication, then this album will be a lot heavier than I imagined it being. Not incredibly inspired, pretty much one solid melody throughout the entire song, but it’s not awful, either.
- 02. Action Cat
One of the singles that announced the record, it’s very reminiscent to “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" era My Chemical Romance. I’m not a fan of the production, but the song is pretty alright. I don’t have a strong emotional response to it, but I enjoy the chorus hook quite a bit.
- 03. No Shows
The other single released before the album. I actually hated this song when I first watched the video, but it’s actually not bad when you hear it on its own. It sounds a lot like The Strokes, though, much to its detriment.
- 04. Brother
I really like this song until the drums kick in, then it loses whatever flavor it had to begin with. It’s painfully bland, from the lyricism to the droned atmosphere of the melodies. When the song started, I thought it was going to take me through a journey, but it ran out of gas roughly one minute in.
- 05. Millions
This is the first song I actually like on this album. It’s nice and hooky without being incredibly repetitive, Gerard’s strong vocal hooks laid pleasantly atop a nice guitar riff. It’s also the first song that doesn’t remind me of My Chemical Romance at all, and that’s nice. It’s not that I dislike the band as much as I just wanted to hear a departure. This song does it for me.
- 06. Zero Zero
The title of this song isn’t the only thing that’s reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins. The whole thing is very Billy Corgan. I’m not a huge fan of the static-effect on Way’s voice, and the distorted guitars don’t help distinguish the two very well. The best part of the song is the bridge about 1:30 in, and it’s done very well. Other than that, though, the song is filler.
- 07. Juarez
This song is actually pretty badass. Easily the best song on the record. I don’t really have any complaints, it’s exactly the kind of music I was anticipating. I like the playful vocal melodies, guitar hooks, and the drums are finally noteworthy. Heavy without being obnoxious, poppy without being synthetic. It’s a harmonious blend of great elements.
- 08. Drug Store Perfume
It sounds like a B-Side from My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade.” It’s not great, and it’s not awful. Follows a very similar routine to the entire album. It’s also about a minute and a half too long.
- 09. Get The Gang Together
This is very Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins. I like it. It’s bright and dark simultaneously, and those elements are never really in conflict with one another. One of the stronger songs on Hesitant Alien.
- 10. How’s It Going To Be?
I was kind of hoping this was going to be a Third Eye Blind cover. It’s not, at all, but it’s a pretty good song none-the-less. I like the lyricism especially, and Gerard’s vocals are incredibly strong throughout. Not a big fan of the weird synth lead at the end, but that’s my biggest criticism.
- 11. Maya The Psychic
Sounds like a My Chemical Romance song, but I’ll look the other way on that. It’s alright, but again, it doesn’t quite grip me. It falls short somehow, thought I’m not entirely sure why. The bass line is solid, the drums are nice, the vocals are good — somehow, it just doesn’t work together.
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