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Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
is the debut studio album by Gerard Way, former lead singer of the American rock band My Chemical Romance, released in the US on September 29, 2014 and on September 30 worldwide. It was officially announced in May 2014, although demos of the songs "Zero Zero" and "Millions" have circulated since 2012. The album was produced by Doug McKean, known for his work as recording engineer on a number of projects with producer Rob Cavallo, including several releases by My Chemical Romance. Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
received mostly positive reviews, and was a moderate commercial success reaching No. 16 on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and some international charts. To support the album, Way assembled a touring band made up of select musicians who contributed to the album and were called "The Hormones".

Contents

1 Background 2 Release and Promotion 3 Critical reception 4 Track listing 5 Personnel

5.1 The Hormones 5.2 Additional musicians 5.3 Production

6 Charts 7 Release history 8 References 9 External links

Background[edit] On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
officially disbanded. This was followed by the release of a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You a year later. Having recently signed with Warner Bros. Records, Gerard went on to announce the beginning of his solo career with the release of an advance-single, "Action Cat", on June 11, 2014.[8] This was accompanied by a new website featuring concept artwork for the album and a new logo.[9] The album's first single, "No Shows", was released on August 18, 2014.[10] "Millions", the second single, was released on November 17, anticipated by a music video released on October 6.[11] Release and Promotion[edit] "No Shows" was released to radio on August 25, 2014.[12] Hesitant Alien was released on September 29, in the UK, and a day later in the U.S.[5] Pre-orders for both the vinyl and CD versions of the album became available in August, featuring a T-shirt and promotional zine created specifically for the pre-orders.[13] On September 29, 2014, Way premiered Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
on the online platform VyRT
VyRT
during a listening party with album commentary.[14] The following month, Way and The Hormones appeared as the musical guest on an episode of Conan.[15] They also toured extensively throughout the world in 2014 and 2015, and performed at several festivals.[16] In February and March 2015, Way performed at Soundwave festival in Australia.[17] On Record Store Day 2016, Way released two exclusive, unreleased tracks from Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
titled "Don't Try" and "Pinkish".[18] Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 75/100[19]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [20]

Alternative Press [21]

American Songwriter [6]

Billboard [3]

The Guardian [22]

Mojo [23]

NME 8/10[4]

The Observer [24]

Q [25]

Rolling Stone [26]

The album has received very positive reviews. David McLaughlin from Rock Sound
Rock Sound
magazine stated that some of the songs from the album were some of the best Way has written to date, labelling the album as alternative rock. He also stated that it is nothing like the efforts made into the albums of My Chemical Romance.[27] Jason Pettigrew from Alternative Press said: "Now in his late-30s, he’s going back to the things that turned him on, pretentious ’70s glam-rock, fractured ’80s post-punk and all the English sonic conventions of ’90s Britpop
Britpop
and shoegazer noise", and that the album "has enough requisite cool and clamor to insure [sic] he stays both relevant and remarkably vibrant".[21] Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
topped the "Ten Essential Albums Of 2014" list in Alternative Press.[21] The album was included at number 24 on Rock Sound's "Top 50 Albums of the Year" list.[28] The album was included at number 4 on Kerrang!'s "The Top 50 Rock Albums Of 2014" list.[29] Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "The Bureau" Gerard Way 2:38

2. "Action Cat" Way 3:07

3. "No Shows" Way, Ian Fowles 4:12

4. "Brother" Way 4:31

5. "Millions" Way, James Dewees 3:28

6. "Zero Zero" Way 2:49

7. "Juarez" Way, Fowles, Don Blum 2:50

8. "Drugstore Perfume" Way 4:50

9. "Get the Gang Together" Way, Blum 3:40

10. "How It's Going to Be" Way, Jamie Muhoberac 3:44

11. "Maya the Psychic" Way 3:02

Japanese bonus track[30]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

12. "Television All the Time" Way 3:34

Record Store Day exclusive vinyl[18]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

13. "Don't Try" Gerard Way, Mikey Way 5:06

14. "Pinkish" Way 3:45

Personnel[edit] The Hormones[edit]

Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, piano, bass guitar (on tracks 1 and 3), keyboards (on track 10) Ian Fowles
Ian Fowles
– lead guitar, percussion (on track 9) Matt Gorney – bass guitar, piano (on track 1), guitars (on track 4), percussion (on track 9), backing vocals (on track 5) Jarrod Alexander – drums, percussion Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards James Dewees
James Dewees
- keyboards

Additional musicians[edit]

Jason Freese
Jason Freese
– horn (on tracks 3 and 9) Tom Rasulo – percussion (on track 2) Mikey Way
Mikey Way
– backing vocals (on track 5) Sabina Olague – spoken word (on track 7)

Production[edit]

Doug McKean – production Tom Rasulo – engineer Andrew Law – assistant engineer Gerardo "Jerry" Ordonez – assistant engineer Zach Mauldin – assistant engineer Lance Sumner – assistant engineer Tchad Blake – mixing Bob Ludwig – mastering Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– art direction Norman Wonderly – art direction

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 29

Irish Albums (IRMA)[32] 17

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[33] 37

Scottish Albums (OCC)[34] 13

UK Albums (OCC)[35] 14

UK Rock Albums[36] 1

U.S. Billboard 200[37] 16

U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[37] 1

U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[37] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog

Worldwide September 30, 2014 Warner Bros. DL N/A[38]

September 29, 2014 Reprise CD 9362493721[39]

LP 9362493722[40]

References[edit]

Citations

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Gerard Way
Explains Why He Went Britpop
Britpop
With 'Hesitant Alien' - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ a b " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
talks independence, alternative influences & making art - Fuse". Fuse. Retrieved October 29, 2015.  ^ a b c Larson, Jeremy (September 30, 2014). " Album
Album
Review: Former My Chemical Frontman Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Graduates to Glossy Britpop
Britpop
on 'Hesitant Alien'". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ a b Wright, Lisa (September 24, 2014). " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
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Gerard Way
- Hesitant Alien". TeamRock. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ a b Maxwell, Emily (September 30, 2014). "Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien". American Songwriter. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
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Hesitant Alien
For September 2014 Release". music.mxdwn.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015.  ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
premieres new song, "Action Cat"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Singer Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Releases Debut Solo Album 'Hesitant Alien' See Full Tracklist Here". Hallels.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ "Alter The Press!: Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Premieres New Song "No Shows" on BBC Radio One". Alterthepress.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ Jon Stickler. " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Posts Video For New Single Millions". Stereoboard.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: SubModern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album
Album
Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 31, 2016.  ^ Gerard Way. "Gerard Way". Gerardway.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ "Gerard VyRT
VyRT
Listening Party". My Chemical Romance. September 29, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.  ^ [1] ^ [2] ^ Sharp, Tyler (August 20, 2014). "Slipknot, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Of Mice & Men, more announced for Soundwave 2015". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Retrieved June 13, 2017.  ^ a b "AP staff picks for Record Store Day 2016". Alternative Press. Retrieved 23 April 2016.  ^ "Reviews for Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
by Gerard Way". Metacritic. Retrieved November 14, 2014.  ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. " Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
– Gerard Way". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ a b c Pettigrew, Jason (September 9, 2014). " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– Hesitant Alien". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Simpson, Dave (September 25, 2014). "Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien review – a confident, swaggering set of songs". The Guardian. Retrieved November 14, 2014.  ^ "Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien". Mojo (252): 120. November 2014.  ^ Khomami, Nadia (September 28, 2014). "Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien review – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
goes Britpop". The Observer. Retrieved January 9, 2018.  ^ "Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien". Q (340): 120. November 2014.  ^ Spanos, Brittany (September 29, 2014). "Hesitant Alien". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 14, 2014.  ^ McLaughlin, David (October 2014). " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
- Hesitant Alien". www.rocksound.tv (192). Rock Sound. Rock Sound. Retrieved 15 September 2014.  ^ Bird, ed. 2015, p. 26 ^ Emily (March 18, 2015). "The Top 50 Rock Albums Of 2014". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.  ^ "ヘジタント・エイリアン / ジェラルド・ウェイ 時代を駆け抜けてきたマイ・ケミカル・ロマンスのフロントマンによる、キャリア初のソロ・アルバム! 彼のアート・センスの総てをぶつける、ジェラルド・ウェイ色を前面に押し出した快作の登場! 日本先行発売。 日本盤のみボーナス・トラック1曲収録". CDJapan.  ^ "Australiancharts.com – Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– Hesitant Alien". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 4, 2014. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 40, 2014". Chart-Track. IRMA. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– Hesitant Alien". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 3, 2014. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 5, 2014. ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Artist Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 5, 2014. ^ "2014-10-11 Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Archive - Official Charts". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.  ^ a b c Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
- Gerard Way
Gerard Way
- Awards at AllMusic ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
(Digital Download - Warner Bros. #)". AllMusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2014.  ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
(CD - Reprise #9362493721)". AllMusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2014.  ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
(LP - Reprise #9362493722)". AllMusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 

Sources

Bird, Ryan, ed. (January 2015). "Top 50 Albums of the Year". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (195). ISSN 1465-0185. 

External links[edit]

Hesitant Alien
Hesitant Alien
at YouTube
YouTube
(streamed copy where licensed) Official website

v t e

Gerard Way

Studio albums

Hesitant Alien

Singles

"No Shows"

Featured singles

"Professional Griefers"

Other songs

"Action Cat"

Comic books

The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy
(Characters * TV series) The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

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