Welcome Reality

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Welcome Reality
Studio album by Nero
Released 12 August 2011 (2011-08-12)
Recorded 6 October 2008 – 1 April 2011
Genre Dubstep, electronic, drum and bass, electronic rock, orchestral
Length 61:10
Label MTA, Mercury, Interscope, Cherrytree
Producer Nero
Alternative cover
2012 re-issue (Welcome Reality +)
Singles from Welcome Reality
  1. "Innocence"
    Released: 26 April 2010
  2. "Me & You"
    Released: 2 January 2011
  3. "Guilt"
    Released: 24 April 2011
  4. "Promises"
    Released: 5 August 2011
  5. "Crush on You"
    Released: 13 October 2011
  6. "Reaching Out"
    Released: 16 December 2011
  7. "Must Be the Feeling"
    Released: 5 March 2012
  8. "Won't You (Be There)"
    Released: 19 October 2012

Welcome Reality is the debut album by UK dubstep act Nero. A concept album, it was released first in Ireland on 12 August 2011[1] and the rest of the world on 15 August 2011 except Australia and New Zealand where it was released on 19 August 2011[2] on Chase & Status's MTA Records.[3]

Singles[edit]

  • "Innocence" was the first single released from the album, it was released on 26 April 2010. It peaked at number 167 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Me & You" was the second single released from the album, it was released on 2 January 2011. It peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Guilt" was the third single released from the album, it was released on 22 April 2011. It peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Promises" was the fourth single released from the album, it was released on 5 August 2011. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1.
  • "Crush on You" was the fifth single released from the album, it was released on 13 October 2011. It peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Reaching Out" was the sixth single released from the album on 16 December 2011. It peaked at number 92 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Must Be the Feeling" was the seventh single released from the album. It was released on 5 March 2012. It peaked at number 25 on the UK Dance Chart.
  • "Won't You (Be There)" was the eighth and the final single released from the re-release album Welcome Reality +. It was released on 19 October 2012. It was originally released as a free single along with "Etude".

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
BBC (Unfavorable)[5]
Clash (4/10)[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Independent (Favorable)[8]
LA Times (Favorable)[9]
MusicOMH 3/5 stars[10]
NY Times (Favorable)[11]
Pop Matters (7/10)[12]
Spin (7/10)[13]

Welcome Reality has received generally positive reviews. Spin gave the album a score of 7/10, and wrote, "Alana Watson gives Nero's robotic skronk a rare injection of humanity, and the U.K. producers are smart enough to build most of their debut full-length around her husky voice, skipping the sampled spasticity of Skrillex in favor of Daft Punk's melodic big beat, '80s-inspired electro, and stadium-sized mash-ups of squealing guitar and windy synths."[13] Jeff Weiss, for the LA Times, found the album to be "As effective as it is predictable", stating "Welcome Reality will inevitably soundtrack thousands of summer and fall blowouts".[9] The album was not well received by Clash, who stated that "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".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "2808"   1:53
2. "Doomsday"   4:12
3. "My Eyes"   4:41
4. "Guilt"   4:43
5. "Fugue State"   3:35
6. "Me and You"   4:08
7. "Innocence"   5:08
8. "In the Way"   3:57
9. "Scorpions"   5:56
10. "Crush on You"   4:10
11. "Must Be the Feeling"   4:03
12. "Reaching Out"   4:45
13. "Promises"   4:17
14. "Departure"   5:34
Sample credits
  • "Crush on You" samples The Jets' 1985 single of the same name. It is not a remix.
  • "Must Be The Feeling" samples Carmen's 1984 single "Time To Move". It is not a remix.
  • "Reaching Out" contains a vocal sample of Hall & Oates' 1984 single "Out Of Touch", as well as an original vocal by Daryl Hall. There is also an arpeggio sampled from Kano's "Another Life".
  • "Angst", the bonus track included on the deluxe edition of the album, is a remix of the Auto Remix of the Justice track "Stress" from the compilation album Ed Rec Vol. 3
  • "Won't You (Be There)" samples "Thousand" by Moby
  • Lupe Fiasco samples "2808" and "Doomsday" for his 2011 mixtape Friend of the People
  • The opening chords of "Doomsday" are sampled from the first movement of Minimalist composer John Adams' 1985 orchestral piece "Harmonielehre"
  • The third movement of "Harmonielehre" is also sampled throughout "Departure"

In other media[edit]

  • "Me & You" (Dirtyphonics Remix) and "Innocence" (Feed Me Remix) included on the soundtrack of Dirt: Showdown
  • The film Chronicle's trailer samples "Fugue State"
  • "Doomsday" was featured in trailers for the games Armored Core V and Borderlands 2
  • "Doomsday" was featured in the hit Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks - the song played as fan-favourite Heidi Costello was murdered by her serial-killing father, Silas Blissett.
  • "Must Be The Feeling" is used for a soundtrack in the Got To Dance Live Final.
  • "Guilt" has been used in episode in The Voice UK
  • "Me & You" was used in a Best Buy commercial as well as a promo for the 2012 season of The X Factor and in Sam Adam's song Generation Next
  • "Promises" was used in both an HP laptop commercial and the first three game trailers of Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
  • "Promises" was used in Saints Row IV
  • "Won't You (Be There)" was used in Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  • "Me & You" was featured in trailer for the game Disney Infinity[17]
  • "Doomsday" was featured in the series finale of Being Human
  • "Doomsday" was featured in the international trailer for The Watch
  • "Me & You" is included in the soundtrack of Forza Horizon
  • "Doomsday" was selected as the official theme song for the 2014 WWE Elimination Chamber PPV

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart (ARIA)[18] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 29
Irish Albums Chart[20] 52
New Zealand Albums Chart[21] 32
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 88
UK Albums Chart[23] 1
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[24] 6
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[24] 6

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia 12 August 2011 Digital download, CD MTA Records
Ireland
Germany
New Zealand
Spain
United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome Reality by Nero". Itunes.apple.com. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Welcome Reality' release date, track listing and art work announced". Nero. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Sigel, Tego (11 April 2011). "Nero To Release Their Debut Album Welcome To Reality In August". RWDmag. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Welcome Reality at AllMusic
  5. ^ "Music - Review of Nero - Welcome Reality". BBC. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Nero - Welcome Reality | Clash Music Latest Album Review". Clashmusic.com. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Alexis Petridis (4 August 2011). "Nero: Welcome Reality - review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Reviewed by Simon Price (14 August 2011). "Album: Nero, Welcome Reality (Mercury) - Reviews - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Album Review: Nero's 'Welcome Reality' - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nero - Welcome Reality | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (19 December 2011). "Young Jeezy, Nero, and Bryan and the Haggards - Review". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Schiller, Mike. "Nero: Welcome Reality < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Nero, 'Welcome Reality' (MTA)". SPIN. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Welcome Reality (Amazon Exclusive Bonus Track): Nero: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads". Amazon.de. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome Reality (Deluxe Version) by Nero". Itunes.apple.com. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Welcome Reality +". Amazon.com. 
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz61FxmTOVM
  18. ^ "Australian-Charts.com". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Nero - Welcome Reality". ultratop.be. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  20. ^ Irish Albums Chart - Week: 18 August 2011 IRMA, Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Nero - Welcome Reality". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rumer - Seasons of My Soul". hitparade.ch/. 
  23. ^ UK Albums Chart - Week Ending: 27 August 2011 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  24. ^ a b "Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard.com. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.