After a what seemed like an eternity following the the breakup of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way has finally returned to our cochleas with an excellent new album that is both a welcome progression and a bit of a departure from some of his groundbreaking emo work in the 2000s.
Aside from having one of the most distinguishable voices within the emo genre that really helped boost that sound into the mainstream, Way has always been a very talented visual artist, having worked animation and toy design–he even pitched a show to Cartoon Network at one point. And so not surprisingly, the most striking part about his new single “Millions” is the accompanying music video which approximates what would happen if life was actually just Windows 98 on the verge of crashing. Remember when tabs used to freak and instead of politely letting you know, they would cascade and became permanent parts of your desktop background if you tried to move them? Way has applied that idea here and it is as hard to look at as it is entrancing.
“Millions” is a brilliantly shiny pop rock gem that sits in the middle of the new album, Hesistant Alien, and it is really warming to hear Way let a little bit of light in after a notoriously dark history throughout his time recording with MCR. And this song, catchy vocal hooks and all, is not the only track that stands out. Really recommend this one, guys. Very happy to have Gerard Way back.
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