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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the former My Chemical Romance singer was produced by Doug McKean.
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Brother
Does anyone have the time to bring me down? And can I sleep All night long To the drums of the city rain? Just make it up 'Cause I'm awake All night... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Kerrang!
    Sep 29, 2014
    100
    Hesitant Alien is a magnificently oddly-shaped album that glides and jerks between styles like a turbo-charged rubber ball. [20 Sep 2014, p.52]
  2. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    For as much as Way refers to other acts, this is a thoroughly original work, a vibrant reflection of all his artistic obsessions.
  3. 80
    Hesitant Alien features some of Way’s best material yet.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    70
    This album is absurdly in the red with ear-loading fuzz as Oasis at their most cocaine-blitzed. [Nov 2014, p.96]
  5. Sep 29, 2014
    67
    Whether all of these tracks add up to a cohesive statement is debatable, and it’s a shame that the album drops off so noticeably after such a promising start. But the good news is that Way has produced something infinitely more interesting than whatever the next My Chemical Romance rock opera might have been.
  6. Sep 26, 2014
    60
    Though Way is at his most engaged in years, there's no major reinvention here. If anything, his first solitary missive registers as much as a tribute to influences as it does a focused reboot.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2014
    60
    "Hesitant" is the right word for his attempt at creative rebirth. [Nov 2014, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    This album is not really a far cry from MCR. Sure, it's a little fuzzier, but the same energy and rock and roll vibe is there. His voiceThis album is not really a far cry from MCR. Sure, it's a little fuzzier, but the same energy and rock and roll vibe is there. His voice hasn't lost its power or uniqueness, and it's still pretty damn hardcore. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    Gerard Way takes what was great about MCR and turns it into a brighter direction , great album , great songs and great variety. Excited to seeGerard Way takes what was great about MCR and turns it into a brighter direction , great album , great songs and great variety. Excited to see the artist grow and learn from his past work Expand
  3. Feb 19, 2015
    10
    I like the pop/indie feel he gives, and although I'm a killjoy, he doesn't disappoint with the rock part of the album. It isn't perfect, butI like the pop/indie feel he gives, and although I'm a killjoy, he doesn't disappoint with the rock part of the album. It isn't perfect, but it was a good effort for a solo album. Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gerard Way se superou com o Hesitant Alien. Aqui, sua voz está melhor do que nunca e as músicas estão muito boas MESMO. Não há nenhuma música mediana e nenhum câncer. Só Get The Gang Togheter que é um pouco inferior às demais.

    Pontos altíssimos: Brother, How It's Going To Be, Maya The Psych
    Ponto baixo: Get The Gang Togheter
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  5. Jul 4, 2019
    10
    Gerard Way mixes post-emo, britpop and alt-rock to create a very consistent album
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    9
    I think fans of MCR will be alienated at a first listen to this album. Which is a shame, because they will not be able to appreciate thisI think fans of MCR will be alienated at a first listen to this album. Which is a shame, because they will not be able to appreciate this garage rock/Brit-pop/pop punk, wonderfully executed debut solo album! Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2014
    8
    A perfect transition from My Chemical Romance into more mature territory.
    The songs on Hesitant Alien aren't all great and some are much less
    A perfect transition from My Chemical Romance into more mature territory.
    The songs on Hesitant Alien aren't all great and some are much less interesting than others. But all contain the same Brit Pop feel which gives the album something very special.
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