Their mistake? Assuming the world would stand still...
'Between II Worlds'

It's funny what a difference a few years can make.

Back in the summer of 2011, dance trio Nero enjoyed both a Number One single and album, and the world looked to be theirs for the taking. Here in 2015 though, the world has moved on from their maximalist brostep-pop, and their output hasn't aged well. Mainstream pop has become more downtempo and, if you like your music loud and brash, the PC Music collective have pushed that envelope about as far as it will go.

All of this means that Nero are raging against the dying of the light - the last drunk at the bar attempting to hold court to anyone who'll listen about what it was like back in the good old days. There's craftsmanship and skill in their songwriting, but the production now just sounds jaded and passé.

This all feels like a bad break-up. Sorry, Nero, it's not you, it's us. We just feel like you're holding us back. We're different people now, we've had experiences. No, don't call us. We'll call you. Maybe.

3/10

Words: Joe Rivers

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