Welcome Reality CD
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Debut studio album by the British dubstep duo. The album debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart and includes the singles 'Innocence', 'Me & You', 'Guilt' and the #1 hit 'Promises'.
Since their feted 2009 remix of The Streets' Blinded by the Lights, London dance duo Nero have built themselves a steady reputation as producers operating at the commercial end of dubstep and drum'n'bass. Now, some six years after their first release, the pair of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray have finally realised their own album. The time, therefore, is right to evaluate where they stand amongst the genuine stars and almost-there also-rans of their assigned genre.
And the verdict? Judging by Welcome Reality, Nero's work is more likely to be heard alongside the rest of the chart-dance canon on commercial radio, rather than stations like Rinse or at scene-driving club nights like the capital's ever-influential FWD>>. On one hand, this is no bad thing - only the worst kind of snob equates commercial success with lesser-quality material. But there are times here where the sheer mindlessness of Nero's music makes Pendulum sound like Squarepusher.
Doomsday, for example, rumbles away like a forgotten hard house tune crossed with a facsimile of The Prodigy's Breathe. Elsewhere, there's My Eyes - My Ears (And What Are They Doing to Them?) might have been a better title - features synth sounds probably last used by a 1980s keytar-wielding Eurovision hopeful. Breakthrough track Me and You, which topped the UK Indie Chart in January 2011, includes a riff that apes The Human League's Love Action, but still suffers from the bombastic beats and hammered keys present everywhere else.
But Welcome Reality isn't purely one-dimensional, and is saved by glimpses of the talent that's guided the pivotal pair this far. Their first number one single, Promises, includes a La Roux-like vocal from regular collaborator turned third member proper Alana Watson, and is sensible enough to highlight instant-hit catchiness amidst the trademark (and somewhat tired) wobbles. Fugue State, meanwhile, is a valiant attempt at creating the sort of towering electro-house that French duo Justice are known to churn out. It's a slice of variety that, alas, is served up all too rarely.
Welcome Reality lacks the finesse and creativity being made at the more interesting end of dance music in 2011 - by the likes of SBTRKT, for example. Ultimately, despite its makers' impressive credentials, this debut long-player is destined for the homes of listeners with more Basshunter in their collection than Burial.
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Top Customer Reviews
'Doomsday' is a very dancey song, with a typical dance drum beat at the first drop*, and with a BPM* of 120 it has that element of the french Nu-Disco duo 'Justice' witch I really like. the second drop is in my opinion better, the change in flow and the drum patter changed to a more dubsteppy one. That song packs a punch and the rest of the album follows, where you get a mix of what we have already heard of Nero, and a little mix of Nu-Disco and 80's feel, which combined with the Dubstep makes for a strange yet amazing sound. Totally different to all the other Dubstep that is out there, Nero have created there own sub genre of Dubstep, combining elements of Dubstep with Rock and Nu-Disco. Its an amazing album and also the Singer Alana has a pretty good voice.Read more ›
It's the first time I've actually liked dubstep, and that's probably because I tend to listen to dismal amateur dubstep remixes on SoundCloud rather than the actual quality stuff, and also because Nero are genuinely inspired and inventive songwriter-musicians. Even the cover version of The Jets' Crush On You kicks any other non-Nero track in the charts this week to bits.
This is groundbreaking stuff, works as a whole album as well as individual tracks, and they're British - so if they don't win several Brit awards next year I'll eat my insert anything you care to choose in this sentence here.
Obviously, the singles that have been released ("Me & You", "Guilt" and "Promises") are on there and they sound as amazing as the first time I heard them. They are backed up by the stomping intro to the album, "Doomsday", which builds to a cracking climax before the jaw-clenching drop, and the cover of the Jets' 80s pop track, "Crush on You", which is kinda mad and very dubstep, but it really works for me. These tracks alone are worth the entry fee.
A good album, but it perhaps has a few too many filler tracks to be a 5 star classic. Definitely worth a purchase though, as it's a really exciting insight into what this pair could do in the future. Recommended.
I think the sound owes as much to Vangelis and those grand synth-phonic sounds of the late 70s/early 80s as it does to the urban, bass heavy beats of the dubstep crowd and all the better for it! There really isn't a duff track, although some are obviously more anthem-friendly than others (and you'll have probably heard them as singles anyway).
All in all, a complete masterpiece, probably my favourite album of 2011! Buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Welcome Reality by the group Nero features some brilliant electronic hits that run the gamut from Promises and the opening of 2808. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stella Carrier
Love the music of course, the disk itself is completely fine, but, and I'm guessing this happened in the post, when it arrived the CD box was in a terrible state. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kelly
What an album! It's my fave gym music and has brilliant track after track. Turn up the volume and enjoy!Published 18 months ago by DUNCAN