Album review: Nero’s ‘Between II Worlds’

Mike Pizzo

Three stars

Nero Between II Worlds

Even if you’re not hanging out at EDM nightclubs or perusing Dancing Astronaut every day, chances are you’ve heard some of Nero’s biggest tunes. Whether stumbling upon “Into the Past” in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, witnessing Dr. Dre pitch paintballs to the sound of “Me & You” in a Beats ad or watching Nero collect a Grammy in 2013 for the Skrillex remix of “Promises,” the British trio has been in the air.

Between II Worlds, which follows 2011 debut Welcome Reality, attempts to shed the incorrectly diagnosed “dubstep” stigma. Songs like deep-house tinged “Two Minds” and the industrial driven “Satisfy” could be the next tracks you find in clubs or commercials, while album opener “Circles” makes good with Alana Watson’s airy, reverbed vocals. This sound can make much of the album sound a bit too ethereal, as things get sleepy on “Into the Past (Reboot),” yet the mostly instrumental title track is lush and lovely.

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