Welcome the Night

Genre: Rock; Producer (group): Sanctuary

For years, The Ataris seemed to have been created for the sole purpose of filling out a mid-level slot on the Vans Warped Tour. But after years of honing the art of the three-chord anthem, they have now decided to follow the late-career path of former tourmates blink-182. Welcome the Night chases a grander sound, paying homage to expansive ’80s icons like the Cure and U2. It’s solid, ambitious stuff, but never quite transcends its paint-by-numbers quality.

Originally posted February 23 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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