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|1. Not Capable Of Love|
|3. New Years Day|
|4. Secret Handshakes|
|5. The Cheyenne Line|
|6. And We All Become Like SMoke|
|7. Connections Are More Dangerous Than Lies|
|8. Whatever Lies Will Help You Rest|
|9. From The Last, Last Call|
|10. When All Else Fails It Fails|
|11. A Soundtrack For This Rainy Morning|
|12. Begin Again From the Beginning|
|13. Act V, Scene IV: And So It Ends Like It Begins|
The release of WELCOME THE NIGHT finds The Ataris pushing their musical boundaries into new and exciting territories. Having created an avid fan base following ten years of touring and five releases through Kung Fu records, the band finally hit gold with 2003's SO LONG ASTORIA along with the massive radio hits for In This Diary and Boys of Summer. WELCOME THE NIGHT is guaranteed to be immediately embraced among the core faithful and is destined to defy expectations. The undeniable hook of first single Not Capable of Love will be a welcome addition to every radio programmer's playlist and tracks like And We Become Like Smoke, Secret Handshakes, and A Soundtrack For This Rainy Morning show an undeniable creative growth and maturity.
Much more than the passage of time has occurred in the four years between the release of The Ataris's So Long Astoria and Welcome the Night: Half of the group left while the two existing members (frontman Kristopher Roe and guitarist John Collura) decided to change their sound considerably. Losing much of their previous punk/pop leanings and gaining an atmospheric hue, Welcome the Night is more of a darkly-lit whole than a series of radio-friendly singles. A Killers-esque vocal style weaves in and out of the disc, most notably on the opening two tracks ("Not Capable of Love," "Cardiff-by-the-Sea") while a handful of other numbers ("Secret Handshakes," "And We All Become Like Smoke") ooze with the affectation of Disintegration-era Cure. The group finds their own engaging sound on a handful of tracks; "Whatever Lies Will Help You Rest" and the uncredited track 15 contain a strong sense of emotional theatre, thanks to frontman Roe's soaring vocals. His gothy, clichéd lyrics, however, are nearly cringeworthy to hear ("I will drown inside the anguish of your heart" from "Act V Scene IV"). The Ataris are in many respects still a young band, showing influences on their sleeve a little too clearly while they search for their own identity. Their overt change in sound may disenfranchise the group from some longtime fans, but it will likely engage more new ones with deeper roots than ever before. --Denise Sheppard
Top Customer Reviews
I personally think So Long Astoria is their best album (I own them all) and infact is one of the greatest music albums of all time. Thats not to take away from this album though, its a darker side of The Ataris that works pretty well actually.
The only knock is that the recording quality, intentional or not (I'm not sure), makes the album sound kinda low quality when put into a speaker system like a car where there is more the left and right audio. You can really pickup a bit of fuzz or distorition. Again this might be part of the 'darker' atmosphere intent of the album, but you sure cant turn it up loud in the car without a couple of the songs starting to sound like crap :P I dunno maybe they just ran outta money to use a good recording studio ;)
All in All not too bad at all though, very meaningful album.
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While many fans of Roe's previous work will be bummed over Night's complete lack of hooks, the quality of the songs make for great listening to those patient enough to give them a chance. While the wall-of-sound instrumentation and art-rock intonation initially make the album a bit hard to digest, Night's lasting quality becomes clear after repeated listens. For arguably the first time in his musical career, it's now explicitly clear that Roe is an outstanding singer in his own right. His deep, emotionally charged vocals bring to mind a young Chris Isaak, from the most sensitive howl to the deepest croon. In both vocals and instrumentation, 'Welcome the Night' is a gem.
Some will see Night as an underwhelming sonic departure for sole original member Kris Roe while others will regard it as a landmark achievement by a young musician who's finally found his own unique voice. The only thing Roe can be faulted with is having the nerve to slap the Ataris brand name on his solo album.
I simply can't stop listening to this CD. Sure many die-hard fans will fail to see it as a great achievement...but remember what happened to Jawbreaker when they released "Dear You"? Their fans failed to see just how great of an album they had made and missed out on something above and beyond what they could have asked for or expected...
The Ataris deliver where many bands have failed, and have shown a constant growth in their talents and determination to not only improve their sound but to release an album that will no doubt be rediscovered by our kids twenty years from now as one of the greatest releases of the early 21st century.
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.