Leah Greenblatt
February 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Welcome the Night

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Sanctuary
genre
Rock

We gave it a B-

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.

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