Leah Greenblatt
October 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Welcome to the North

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol

We gave it a C+

Subtlety, thy name sure ain’t the Music. The young Brits unleash each number like they’re reaching for the cheap seats at Budokan, and for the first half of Welcome to the North, it makes for a pretty good time — even as they occasionally skid into Spinal Tap territory, lyrically. The mix of loopy, Jane’s Addiction-style psychedelia and old-fashioned stadium rock is galvanizing at first, especially on the title track and ”Bleed From Within,” but by midpoint, it’s merely exhausting.

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