wow, it seems this record has been a decade in the making. finally after 4 years of switching song versions, switching band members, and switching labels "welcome the night" is finally released to the world. being a big ataris fan myself, i knew what i was getting myself into before buying this record. i knew what to expect. i've been following their blogs on various websites on the making of the record for the past 2 years. since i've been expecting this "different" record going into the release maybe that's why i enjoy it so much. i knew what it was going to be when it was released...a polarizing but solid album that's a breathe of fresh air. so what do i think of the new record you ask? i think it's a great record that shows growth, purity, and heavily influenced artsy songs.for other ataris fans, i can see how they were blindsided by the release probably expecting something similiar to "so long, astoria" but instead getting this very dark record from a once "pop punk band" who sang about highschool, girls, hating authority, etc.
i say version 3.0 cuz the ataris were initially a pop punk band, then they matured and made a great pop rock record which was "so long, astoria", and now the third phase of the band is this new dark sound heavily influenced by the ataris favorite artists. the record is heavily influenced by older bands such as the smiths, joy division, my bloody valentine, the smashing pumpkins, jawbreaker and many others. the record itself is once again different from their old stuff cuz their are very few hooks on the entire 13 track cd. don't fret though, "the cheyenne line" and their first single "not capable of love" are very catchy possible radio-ready singles that have great hooks to them along with great lyrics. however, the rest of the cd is quite brooding, slow, haunting, and pretty dramatic. however, this is not a bad thing for the whole record (except for a few tracks) are stellar emotional songs (ballads?) that can hit you hard if you're in the right mood.
to conclude my review, i think the new and way overdue record from the ataris is a great record that shine with the bands influences as well as keeping some (i mean very little) of their own ataris sound to them. with how music is today, this cd is a breathe of fresh air to a stale scene. however, i do agree with some of the reviews i've read on here and in magazine on how the ataris seem to have an identity crisis. on some of the weaker songs on the cd it seems they don't know exactly what direction they want to go with it resulting in a mix bag of ideas which makes the song incomplete to a degree. also, i can understand how old ataris fans reject this new sound but you can't possibly expect them to due another version of "so long astoria" do you? it's only natural to progress from that album and make an even better record. "so long astoria" was an entertainting record full of relatable songs and hooks while this cd is more of an artists' album. basically, if you're open-minded to music or possibly new to the ataris, you'll probably really like this album. if you're stuck in the past with their pop punk days, there's a 95% chance you're going to hate this album. i recommend it to anyone with an open mind or anyone looking for a breathe of fresh air in todays music. thank you for your time.