The album begins with a track called “The Bureau”…a slow, methodical number, a simple drum beat plodding along almost lifelessly, and it’s a bit of a sluggish start really. The track gains some momentum towards its climax but it’s a little messy and hardly encouraging…thankfully however, “Action Cat” restores hope immediately with some infectious, up-beat bass driven indie-rock. It’s bold and it’s fun, with Way’s distinctive vocals a pleasure to hear once more in their clearer delivery.
“No Shows” continues along the route of melodic indie-rock but it’s on the verge of sounding all too generic with no real spark to it, despite sounding pleasant, which can also be said about “Millions” too. Returning to the darker, pulsing sound of the albums opener, “Zero Zero” adds a bit of attitude to proceedings without the monotony of said opener, but it’s still a slow burner, whilst “Drugstore Perfume” and “How’s It Going To Be” maintain the general, easy on the ears, jovial tones carried throughout.
Whereas I’m sure there are very many people welcoming back Way with open arms and ears, if you’re looking for a fresh dose of MCR, it’s not going to happen. It can be applauded that here we find Way once again trying something new, something different, reinventing himself for this new chapter in his career, but for a debut, it’s generally pretty flat bar a couple tracks that are no more than decent. The die-hards will lap it up because it’s Gerard Way, but it could have and should have been better. 
“Hesitant Alien” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hesitant-alien/id908544384?uo=4&at=10lMsK