"Welcome the night" is the first studio album since "So long Astoria" (2003) from former punkpop band The Ataris, they are no longer with Columbia but instead started their own label and signed distribution with Sanctuary Records. After the first 2-3 songs you realize that there?s a change of sound on the new album, you could say The Ataris sounds like a totally different band now. If Khoma did the melancholic metal album of the year 2006, then The Ataris has recorded the melancolic rock album of this year because they sound like a Britpop version of Kent with traces of The Cure and Joy Division on "Welcome the night". This album is as colorful as the leaves in fall, The Ataris can be described as Greta Garbo of rock - the music is just like the legendary Swedish actress BEAUTIFUL, EMOTIONAL AND FULL OF MYSTIQUE. The album opens with the straight ahead rocker "Not capable of love" which is one of the last tracks to end up on WTN, after that rocking opener things slow down a bit with some moody stuff. A contender for the song of the year must be "And we all become like smoke", my knees gets weak when it echoes out from my speakers. A big applause for a band that dared to take a new direction and did it with grace and splendour!