Album Review || Between II Worlds Ushers In A New Era For NERO
The followup to the 2011 album Welcome Reality from NERO has been released. Between II Worlds features 12 beautifully mastered tracks with returning vocals by Alana Watson. The album also features live instruments which add to the sound. While many of the songs have been released already as singles, there are a couple gems to be found on the new album.
Circles – The album starts off with a track that has a great dance beat that gets you grooving with powerful lyrics such as;
I tried not to like to you
It lasted a day
Cause everything I tried to do
It pushed you away
The Thrill – This song is their best single off of the Between II Worlds album. Alana is able to show off her voice on this track with her smooth and sexy range. The bass-line in The Thrill makes any cat purr. Overall, the song is a powerful anthem that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
It Comes And It Goes – Alana shows off her angelic voice in this track. The buildup brings you into a chorus and beat that makes you want to drive fast down the interstate. Overall, a track that takes my breath away.
Two Minds – This song shows how much NERO has changed their sound. I enjoy the piano during the breakdown of this song and the lyrics of the song are sweet.
It’s the little things that count which can make someone feel special
What Does Love Mean – I’m pretty sure that NERO wants us to cry at their live shows now compared to previously wanting us to rage the night away. They have really stepped up their writing game with this album and it shows in this song. A hint of violin and this song, combined with Alana’s vocal, is a song that you’ll want to go “aww” to.
Between II Worlds (title track) – If you like the spacey-atmospheric songs from NERO’s past, then I think you’ll like this one. It’s sound is full and empowering with a long buildup.
Into The Night – Put your hands up for this one. Band member Daniel and vocalist Alana duet in this synth heavy song. I found myself smiling to this song when you hear the piano and rain falling in the song.
Satisfy – The lead single off the album is a sexy song that reminds me of the style that artist Gesaffelstein uses. The synth that sounds like it’s continually rising in pitch drives me wild. When I first heard this song as a single, it got me excited for what was to come with the full album.
Dark Skies – This track definitely gets me pumped up and is a great song to listen in the gym. I can’t wait to listen to this on their tour.
Into The Past (Reboot) – Originally featured on the film The Great Gatsby, I was glad to hear it included on the album. The lyrics are a continuation of the dark and night theme that the rest of the album touches upon. Alana does well with the vocals on this song as well to make it atmospheric.
Tonight – I think this is the song that would most likely cross over to pop radio stations. It features a catchy violin-sounding synth that reminds me of sounds from the band Skillet. I do hope they release this song as a single.
Wasted – Closing out the album is a ballad that makes you want to slow dance. It’s not something you generally think of from NERO, but it works quite well. Alana has to show off her angelic voice one last time, ha!
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