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  • Summary: The electronic UK producer duo of Joe Ray and Dan Stephens, with guest vocalist Alana Watson, releases its debut full-length album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    London "ravestep" duo make vividly raucous debut. [Sept. 2011, p. 115]
  2. 75
    Beneath the blistering beats, Reality reveals some serious electro-pop sparkle. [16 Dec 2011, p.83]
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    '80s synthpop pandering aside, Welcome Reality is a beautifully realized vision of an album whose pomp and bombast will appeal to those looking for pop that goes beyond dancing.
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    The relentless energy expended throughout the album will no doubt also make the album appeal to fans of Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Pendulum or the Prodigy. But listeners with a broader appreciation of dance and electronic music would be well advised to source their dubstep fix from elsewhere.
  5. 60
    Had Nero not loitered on their cozy euphoric plateau, Welcome Reality may have given those Tron: Legacy co-conspirators a good fight.
  6. Dec 13, 2011
    Buried beneath the relentless, grinding beats and wobbly bass tremors, Welcome Reality is home to a potentially great but unfinished sci-fi blockbuster soundtrack, but unable to sustain its early momentum, it ends up being merely a solid first offering rather than the trail-blazing spectacular that was anticipated.
  7. Aug 12, 2011
    Most of Welcome Reality is so in your face and predictable it feels like the musical equivalent of a Michael Bay movie: loud, crass, periodically fun, but ultimately forgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 21, 2013
    Where do I start This album is simple amazing in my opinion, the album is well structured, well polished and each song is unique and there isn't a song on this album that is not amazing! I can't do this album justice in words, I feel like I would have to break out into an interpretive dance and then sacrifice my self to Nero themselves to truly demonstrate how much i like this album Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    I find this album to be quite amazing. Nero did a fantastic job, A Rave like duo drawing inspirations from artists such as daft punk, sprinkling some dub step, dance, and awesome vocals make this album truly awesome from start to finish. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    This album is amazing and I have been waiting for it for a long time. Nero have done an amazing job. Every track on the album is great. Some of my favourites would include Guilt, My Eyes and Promises but I really have enjoyed the whole album. Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2011
    Most of the songs in this album are great in my opinion. The combination of the music and the vocals work really well, which got 'Promises' to the top of the charts. I strongly recommend this album. Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2012
    This is one of my favourite albums of 2011, because the songs all have their own theme and are very addictive. What they all have in common is that they have super sick basslines. My favourite track of the albums is "Innocence" because in this song, I think, the combination between the producing talent and the amazing vocals is well-balanced. [9/10] Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2013
    The tunes are okay, the lyrics are terrible. I can see why some people would like this music, but it personally isn't for me. The album lacks emotional connection with the listener, which in my opinion, is the one thing that creates a good album. None of the songs create a consistent mood within the album, and this works with some albums, but not in this case. I have a feeling that Nero created something they didn't want; pop music. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2011
    This album is terribad. The fact that people enjoy this kind of music is really something i can't understand. I don't know if you're into someone repeating the exact same line (and usually a stupid and annoying one as well) for 3 entire minutes (actlikeyouactlikeyouactlikeyouactlikeyouactlikeyouaclikeyouactlikeyouknow) or not, but assure you, if a decent CD had a problem and started spazzing, it would probably sound a bit like this music. Expand

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