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Product Description

Debut album by UK dubstep act. Mercury. 2011.

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"Welcome Reality" will inevitably soundtrack thousands of summer and fall blowouts....Nero understand how to make things burn. -- Los Angeles Times

Glorious, splinter-thin moments when a sound is both free to do whatever it wants and still functioning as a new power source... -- The New Yorker

Nero's Joe Ray and Dan Stephens ache to bestow post-dubstep with its can-you-believe-this-sh*t? flash of stadium-size euphoria, enhancing (or defiling, depending on your perspective) the genre's bass-heavy payload with trancey synths and wailing vocals." -- SPIN Magazine


1. 2808
2. Doomsday
3. My Eyes
4. Guilt
5. Fugue State
6. Me and You
7. Innocence
8. In the Way
9. Scorpions
10. Crush on You
11. Must Be the Feeling
12. Reaching Out
13. Promises
14. Departure

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherrytree / Interscope
  • ASIN: B004XCBNVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Guillotine20 on August 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Nero has been releasing hit after hit for the past few months, and it's made a lot of fans wonder when they would actually release their own full-length album. Well, the album has finally been released, and there is no disappointment whilst listening to it. It opens beautifully with the track 2808, and through the course of listening, you will hear their hits "Guilt," "Innocence," and "Promises." There is also a remixed cover of the track "Stress" by French Electro duo Justice titled "Angst," and it is a wonderful musical piece to listen to. This album is just absolutely killer, and I would say that it is, without a doubt, the best dubstep/drum and bass album to drop this year. It's not just filled with gratuitous amounts of deep, rolling bass like many other producers in the genre. This is a masterpiece, and I believe that anyone who likes electronic music will absolutely love this album. It is most definitely a "must-hear" album of 2011.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Derek on September 9, 2011
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The music arcs from atmospheric staging to dramatic build so well and, of course, delivers the massive drop that--by the time it comes--you are about ready to explode for. Takes me back to some really good memories, yet has a very modern sound. For me, it was a very lucky find!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gamefan on March 7, 2012
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Less straight "dubstep" and more electronica along the lines of some of Ferry Corsten's work. Doomsday is the recent single getting the word about Nero further out, but it's only an opener for an overall fantastic album. Definitely pick this one up if you're fan of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yehaaa6 on August 13, 2012
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I purchased this album after listening to the song 'Doomsday', and was very glad I did. the tracks 'Innocence' and 'Me and You' are great as well. this album is a great concept album, and good music all around.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will collins on January 10, 2012
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Nero have undoubtedly been releasing hit after hit after hit after hit, but never before like this. Their evolution of taste, skill and sound has been released in a full force assault to the audience that will without a doubt unveil a brand new side the artist that'll get you excited as all get out.

My personal favorites for this album include "Doomsday", "Innocence", and "Scorpions".
But really, I recommend this to anyone; it is so beautiful and so surreal. This music will surely wipe you off the ground.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emblaze on November 27, 2011
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For many dubstep fans, Nero's Welcome Reality is a breathe of fresh air (literally). This album was released by UK dubstep duo Nero on August 15th, 2011, and ever since has been a staple in my iTunes music collection. Ever since their release of "Act Like You Know" in 2009, Nero has dominated BBC Radio charts as a top electronic artist.
The album begins with "2808", an appropriate title because the numbers "808" refer to a drum machine called the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. This instrument was one of the first electronic and programmable drum machines. These machines were known for their low frequency bass drum sounds, which is a vital characteristic of the dubstep genre today. Thus, the title "2808" incorporates the history of drum-step bass sounds and a futuristic theme that is evident throughout Welcome Reality. For example, in the second song "Doomsday", one can hear evidence of heavy bass drops and well as a consistent drum beat. The next song, "My Eyes," uses similar techniques (including looping) that were evident in historical electronic music, such as analog synthesizers like the Buchla.
The middle of the album sets the scene for a deeper trance into Nero's reality. "Fugue State" is a critical song in the collection because it transforms regular bass beats into pseudo "outer-space" sounds. The song begins with a heavy bass loop mixed with cut-off vocals; the song then dives into a high-pitched keyboard-esque solo (almost like the Hammond Organ). Notably, the characteristics of "Fugue State" mirror early electronische muzik for its rendition of an ultra-reality. Carrying on the theme of another reality, "Me and You" presents singing vocals against a backdrop of sounds that could have been created by Max Matthews in Bell Labs.
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I'm not a fan of most Dubstep artists, but Nero has the perfect balance of elements for accessibility. While they started in the underground EDM scene, it's easy to see why they didn't stay there. Not to insinuate that "underground" equates to lackluster, but to me it's clear why Nero has garnered the fans to take them out of the underground and into a larger audience. This album is well produced, refined, and consists of great melodies and vocal hooks. It's not overtly "look at my editing chops" or heavy on wobbles and noise, as much of the Dubstep today is. The formula is consistent throughout with one exception: The remake of The Jets famous 80's hit "Crush On You" was a total WTF? moment (not a good one, either). Aside from that EPIC FAIL (which took one whole star off my rating) this album connects with all listeners of EDM, not just the Dubstep jockeys. Favorite standouts are "Promises" which is a work of genius in EDM songwriting, and "Departure" which is an epic journey of strings and electronics. Lots of plays from start to finish of this album (with only the one track skip). ;)
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Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I was a fan of electronic music. I sort of fell out of in the early 2000s, but just recently I've stumbled across dubstep.

While surfing on Amazon last night, I found this album. Based on the preview clips, I immediately ordered the CD. I've listened to some of the tracks on YouTube in full, and man -- powerful stuff. Good rhythm, some nice hard beats. It's a sound that up until about three months ago, I was mostly unfamiliar with. In a way it takes me back to my childhood, but it's just different enough to be genuinely intriguing.

What I like about the tracks I've heard thus far is Nero's ability to balance smooth melody with throbbing rhythm. My major criticism of dubstep has been the way some artists rely almost entirely on the rhythm, to the point it begins to feel like discordant noise. Nero does not appear to fall into that trap.

I can't wait to get the disc and hear all of the tracks. For anyone new to dubstep (or electronica in general), I suggest this as a good starting point.
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