Album of the Week: Gerard Way – “Hesitant Alien”
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:26:02
Gerard Way already resurrected rock ‘n’ roll once. The Black Parade galvanized a new generation of rock dreamers, giving the world an artistic statement that was bigger and bolder than anything else out there way back in 2006. It's a seminal album whose importance can't be understated to this day. However, he’s resuscitating it once more with his solo debut Hesitant Alien out September 30. Yes, it's that good.
Hesitant Alien remains a fuzzed-out affair that echoes Blur at their best with the kind of scope and vision that make The Who still resound today. The wonderfully jagged edges of "Juarez" are only smoothed by Way's effusive charisma as he affirms, "Me, I'm the heavy metal master". He’s not playing around. It's a raucous and rough affair that could've been ripped right from Stone Temple Pilots or Queens of the Stone Age's most distorted affairs. However, he’s his own man, and that’s what makes songs like "Juarez" so refreshing, especially as he screams in between the refrain.
Meanwhile, "Millions" tempers cinematic buzzing with a tambourine stomp and guitar that reflects a certain nineties brightness. At the same time, the drum, bass, and guitar lead blitzkrieg of 'Zero Zero' bolster the impassioned vocals at its center. 'Drugstore Perfume" offers up an eerie calm that borders on psychedelic, allowing for a reprieve amidst the more garage-y punk-i-fied moments. Everything culminates on the sputtering, spiraling, and soaring "Maya The Psychic", where Way paints another picture, "She's busy hearing voices again". He also intones, “This might be the end”. It feels like quite the beginning though for him and rock 'n' roll.
This alien has invaded with one of the year’s best albums.
Pick up Hesitant Alien at iTunes.
What's your favorite song from Gerard Way?