We’ve been reviewing the newest things in Gerard Way’s solo-career since the release of “Action Cat.” It only seemed fitting that we’d do a review of his first solo album Hesitant Alien.
And I’ve just gotta say, I am head over heels in love with it.
I wasn’t a massive My Chemical Romance fan. I had a huge respect for them as a band and loved a few of their songs. But it wasn’t anything serious. Now that Gerard Way has a solo album out, well, it’s serious.
You can definitely hear the influences of MCR – how can you not? – but it’s a work totally of it’s own and separate from MCR. The first song, “The Bureau,” has a lot of MCR influence to it, but at the same time it’s like a seriously toned down version of an MCR song. It grabs your attention, albeit while sounding a bit overwhelming and too many different sounds all at once.
After that it almost fades into songs that are way easier on the ears, but still attention grabbing. You can hear the influence of artists like David Bowie and other Brit-Pop rockers in almost every song, but at the same time Gerard Way has managed to give his own touch to it, bringing it back to the 21st Century while at the same time letting the influences be obvious.
The vocals are the most attention grabbing thing. It makes everything tie together and flow quite nicely. While Way’s vocals aren’t exactly heart-stopping, he definitely shows that he has a voice and knows how to use it. Songs like “Brother,” “Get the Gang Together,” and even certain lines of “Action Cat” and “Millions” show a lot more of what Way’s voice is capable of, and what a unique instrument really is.
Oh, there are not enough words for how much I love this album. In the express interest of remaining professional as possible, I will resist writing the ten page love letter to this album that I am more than capable of writing in the time-space of the roughly 40 minute album. To make a long story short, this album might not be your cup of tea, and if you’re looking for a rough continuation or spin off of MCR, you might not find it here. I still give this album a 10/10 rating, and am planning to drop whatever cash is needed on a hard-copy of this album as soon as I possible. It’s definitely worth the money.