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Rock 'n' Roll Call: NERO - Welcome Reality

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Welcome Reality

It still looks like NERD but it's NERO in block letters - the album is "Welcome Reality" and it's on Interscope. This is a big time electronic act out of Scary Olde England - two dudes, Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray - occasional vocals from Alana Watson and a bazillion machines. Just as I can scarcely tell one car from another that is built after 1990 - it's the same with this stuff. My feet like it, so it's good enough for the rest of me. NERO - not the annoying emperor who was bumped off by his own slaves rather than be captured - but these guys remind me of hundreds of scantily clad young ladies gyrating in one of those giant tents at Coachella - always a good thing. In an unrelated and weird story - Interscope puts a glop of glue on all their CDs they send out, maybe to keep them from floating around in the oversized envelopes they use. Well, that glue really sucks - it won't come off and it's a hassle to stack CDs when you're done listening because of it. Solution: Forget the glue and/or use smaller mailers.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Nero - Welcome Reality

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Next up is the debut from Nero -- the album is "Welcome Reality" and it's on Interscope

Welcome Reality

Records -- first of all, due to the tricky type face on the cover, I had to double check to ascertain that it is indeed Nero and not Nerd. So Nero it is -- the same name as the hated Roman emperor who committed assisted suicide at the age of 32, leading to outbreaks of general rejoicing back in the year 68 -- anyway, this Nero is intense electronic music from a couple of Brits -- Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray -- and their friends -- all of whom are machines. The vocals, when there are vocals, are by Alana Watson. It's speeding ticket music pretty much, propelled by the singles "Innocence," "Me and You," "Guilt" and especially the big hit, "Promises." Nero works well while watching "Apocalypto" with the sound off -- how come the mellow hunter clan didn't move, what with the unpleasantness of the neighbors? Anyway -- propulsive and powerful -- louder is better, sort of like arena rock with machines and not guitars, making for some compelling Coachella tent music -- that's Nero.


Nero - Welcome Reality by Interscope Records
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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