Welcome Reality

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Welcome Reality
WelcomeReality.jpg
Studio album by Nero
Released 12 August 2011 (2011-08-12)
Recorded 6 October 2008 – 1 April 2011
Genre
Length 61:10
Label
Producer Nero
Nero chronology
Welcome Reality
(2011)
Between II Worlds
(2015)Between II Worlds2015
Alternative cover
2012 re-issue (Welcome Reality +)
2012 re-issue (Welcome Reality +)
Singles from Welcome Reality
  1. "Innocence"
    Released: 26 April 2010
  2. "Me and 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 British group Nero. A concept album[1], it was released first in Ireland on 12 August 2011[2] and the rest of the world on 15 August 2011 except Australia and New Zealand where it was released on 19 August 2011[3] on Chase & Status's MTA Records.[4] The album has sold 120,000 copies in the United States as of July 2015.[5]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
BBC(Unfavorable)[7]
Clash(4/10)[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
The Independent(Favorable)[10]
LA Times(Favorable)[11]
MusicOMH3/5 stars[12]
NY Times(Favorable)[13]
Pop Matters(7/10)[14]
Spin(7/10)[15]

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."[15] 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".[11] 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".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
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

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart (ARIA)[19] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[20] 29
Irish Albums Chart[21] 52
New Zealand Albums Chart[22] 32
Scottish Albums Chart[23] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 88
UK Albums Chart[25] 1
UK Dance Albums Chart[26] 1
US Top Current Albums (Billboard)[27] 178
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[28] 6
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[28] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon. Welcome Reality at AllMusic
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome Reality by Nero". Itunes.apple.com. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ "'Welcome Reality' release date, track listing and art work announced". Nero. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ Sigel, Tego (11 April 2011). "Nero To Release Their Debut Album Welcome To Reality In August". RWDmag. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Welcome Reality Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Music - Review of Nero - Welcome Reality". BBC. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Nero - Welcome Reality | Clash Music Latest Album Review". Clashmusic.com. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  9. ^ Alexis Petridis (4 August 2011). "Nero: Welcome Reality - review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  10. ^ Simon Price (14 August 2011). "Album: Nero, Welcome Reality (Mercury) - Reviews - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Album Review: Nero's 'Welcome Reality' - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Nero - Welcome Reality | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  13. ^ Caramanica, Jon (19 December 2011). "Young Jeezy, Nero, and Bryan and the Haggards - Review". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Schiller, Mike. "Nero: Welcome Reality < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Nero, 'Welcome Reality' (MTA)". SPIN. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Welcome Reality (Amazon Exclusive Bonus Track): Nero: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads". Amazon.de. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome Reality (Deluxe Version) by Nero". Itunes.apple.com. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Welcome Reality +". Amazon.com.
  19. ^ "Australian-Charts.com". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  20. ^ "Nero - Welcome Reality". ultratop.be. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  21. ^ Irish Albums Chart - Week: 18 August 2011 IRMA, Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Nero - Welcome Reality". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  23. ^ Scottish Albums Chart - Week Ending: 27 August 2011 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  24. ^ "Rumer - Seasons of My Soul". hitparade.ch/.
  25. ^ UK Albums Chart - Week Ending: 27 August 2011 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  26. ^ UK Dance Albums Chart - Week Ending: 27 August 2011 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  27. ^ "Top Current Albums". Billboard.biz. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  28. ^ a b "Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard.com. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.