Welcome to the North 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… Welcome to the North 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… 2004-10-19 The Music
Music Review

Welcome to the North (2004)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Oct 19, 2004; Lead Performance: The Music

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.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints