Welcome to the North

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
As you might guess from the name they chose, this British crew don't have any compunction about making grand statements -- and that's exactly what they do on this big, brash sophomore outing. Frontman Robert Harvey's insistent, echo-laden vocals have a decidedly Perry Farrell–esque feel, particularly on the pulsing "Bleed from Within," which explodes into a veritable rhythmic maelstrom at its climax. Welcome to the North is rife with sharp-yet-smooth gear shifts; swaggering rockers like "Cessation" give way to opalescent ballads like "Fight the Feeling," a softly pirouetting number that has a whit of Dead Can Dance ambience fluttering about its edges. There are moments...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
As you might guess from the name they chose, this British crew don't have any compunction about making grand statements -- and that's exactly what they do on this big, brash sophomore outing. Frontman Robert Harvey's insistent, echo-laden vocals have a decidedly Perry Farrell–esque feel, particularly on the pulsing "Bleed from Within," which explodes into a veritable rhythmic maelstrom at its climax. Welcome to the North is rife with sharp-yet-smooth gear shifts; swaggering rockers like "Cessation" give way to opalescent ballads like "Fight the Feeling," a softly pirouetting number that has a whit of Dead Can Dance ambience fluttering about its edges. There are moments of unabashed pop -- "Breakin' " scoots along on a purposefully goofy new wave–ish keyboard riff -- but there are darker forces at work through most of this disc, which are amplified by the sympathetically shadowy production of Brendan O'Brien. That mordant tonal quality never gives way to utter gloom -- more often, as on the strident "One Way In, No Way Out," it's almost triumphant -- but it does help give Welcome to the North enough heft to stand up to listen after late-night listen.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
When the Music first arrived in 2002 with their self-titled debut album, the British modern rock foursome were barely 18-years old. They spent the next two years winning over the U.K. press and touring the globe. Such a time was both overwhelming and exciting for the Music. They were playing the coveted U.K. music festivals like they'd always dreamed of and touring America with Coldplay, however the media's rage on controversial world events fueled a cynical societal reaction. Rob Harvey vocals, Phil Jordan drums, Adam Nutter guitar and Stuart Coleman bass wasted no time questioning such chaos, hence the making of their second album Welcome to the North. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, Welcome to the North finds the Music's ambitious blend of post-grunge and space rock much hungrier and angrier than its predecessor. It's much more cohesive and direct compared to older dance numbers such as "Getaway" and "Take the Long Road and Walk It." This newfound focus reflects the Music's personal and professional maturation -- a therapeutic perspective of their humble upbringing in Leeds to their awareness of what's going on around them. The anthemic guitar-driven title track and the worldbeat grooves of "Bleed From Within" leaves the Music asking questions in hopes that their quest for some kind of spiritual stability will be real. Nutter's spiraling guitar work matches Harvey's rapid-fire vocals on "Cessation," a fiery moment defining something that brings or comes to an end. "Freedom Fighters" is the close as you're going to get to the pastiche of "People" and "The Truth Is No Words," but that's because of confidence. The Music's signature danceable stretch is still there, but it's stripped down for a more thoughtful rock design. Fans who couldn't get enough of The Music's dance fever might not take an immediate liking to Welcome to the North. Not to worry, the style and passion remain the same -- it's just a bit more uniform.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2004
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724357851626
  • Catalog Number: 5785162
  • Sales rank: 211,165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome to the North (5:10)
  2. 2 Freedom Fighters (3:44)
  3. 3 Bleed from Within (6:27)
  4. 4 Breakin' (3:58)
  5. 5 Cessation (3:51)
  6. 6 Fight the Feeling (4:12)
  7. 7 Guide (4:13)
  8. 8 Into the Night (3:59)
  9. 9 I Need Love (3:46)
  10. 10 One Way in, No Way Out (3:50)
  11. 11 Open Your Mind (11:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Music Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Dan Smith Cover Photo
Nick DiDia Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer, Audio Production
Billy Bowers Engineer
Peter Saville Creative Consultant
Karl Egsieker Engineer
The Music Composer
Tom Skipp Art Direction
James Greenhow Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A mind-blowing follow up from The Music

    I don't believe that they did it, but they did. They made the perfect, effortless extension to their debut album. Rob Harvey's voice holds the genuinely naive yet experienced sound only a true savior of rock n roll could possess. This music is emotional, blasting rock with high quality musicians to make it happen. Great stuff.

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