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  • Summary: The garage punk rock band moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn for its second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    70
    Despite its psych-rock influences, the duo doesn't rely on a variety of instruments to convey the mood. Instead, the band doubles down on reverb, feedback, haunting vocals and doom guitar.
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    65
    Better Luck Next Life, their second full-length, does lapse out of recalcitrance, but its immersion makes for a worthy distraction.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    64
    On good nights, the band conjures a singularly eerie vibe. But on Better Luck Next Life, it's not always coming through.
  4. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    Royal Baths delivers a solid record front to back on Better Luck Next Life, but it's also a record that may be too true to its influences.
  5. 60
    There's an unsettling haze that inches along with Better Luck Next Life, due in part to vocal duties shared among the off-kilter pairing of Jeremy Cox and Jigmae Baer.
  6. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    Royal Baths' singing and playing have grown significantly since their debut.