Nero - Welcome Reality

Loud, crass and, periodically, fun
Album review - Nero - Welcome Reality
Seven years in the making, the pop-grime duo’s debut arrives with a lot of expectation resting on it. But if you’ve heard the chart-bothering hit, ‘Guilt’, you should know what to expect here: thunderous beats, strobing synths and vocals that wobble dangerously close to stage school tantrum, rather than diva glamour. It's a dense battle for air that thrives on energy and doesn't lack ambition. ‘Fugue State’ sounds like Justice and is all the better for it, and the influence of label bosses Chase And Status is keenly felt. But 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.

4/10

Words by WILL SALMON

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