ALBUM REVIEW: GERARD WAY - 'HESITANT ALIEN'
It’s always hard to separate a front-man from a successful band
post-breakup but even more difficult when the bands fans are still grieving
the loss of their favorite emo rock band. My Chemical Romance is barely
history for Gerard Way, yet instead of lurking in the shadows of the breakup he
has made a jump back into the spotlight as a solo artist with his new album ‘Hesitant
Alien’. Despite perfecting the formula for popular emo alt rock, Gerard Ways
most recent and almost experimental venture is a far cry from his angsty eye
liner filled former years.
Way’s most recent offering is unique blend of 70’s Glam Rock
and 90’s Britpop with just a pinch of modern pop. This genre-blend paired with
the use of the whole spectrum of the guitarists pedal board makes for magical
listening. The Bowie-esque image Way has
been rocking in recent years now finally matches the music he is creating as
the 40 minute ‘neo-britglam’ concoction means business from the get go. The
opening track ‘Bureau’ brings a screeching start to the record with a strong
and at times bluesy build up to the main event. Songs like ‘Action Cat’ and ‘No
Shows’ will clearly be crowd favorites in a live format as they brim with
energy and sing-along ability. Renowned for his ability to carry a live
audience, I am almost certain Gerard Way will push these songs to their limit in
a live setting.
Don’t expect even a remote reference to his emo roots as this album is all about him. Gerard Way has bravely produced an album to please himself as well as his fans, and it seems the risk has paid off. Way has assembled a record that screams individuality, with poppy catchy hooks combined with funky lead parts this album emits personality. Whilst there may be perhaps slightly too much fancy shoegazing effects on this album for some, ‘Hesitant Alien’ is all in all an unexpected breath of fresh air.
After selling out his November UK tour, extra dates have been added for January, 2015. Grab your tickets HERE.