Flux Outside - Royal Bangs
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 27, 2011
    80
    Silver Steps and Slow Cathedral Melt are all howled melancholy, and equally exciting are Triccs' sonic twists and turns, even if they are exhausting, exhilarating listens.
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    The Royal Bangs don't just grab you by the throat and demand your attention, they threaten to rip apart your speakers, drench you in your own dancefloor sweat, and leave you begging for more.
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    Flux Outside flies by effortlessly and still leaves you with choruses you'll be singing to yourself long after the disc ends.
  4. 70
    All the elements are tightly packed, in a crowded production that crams together (distorted) keyboards and (distorted) guitars, pushes the singers toward a tuneful yell and splashes cymbals over the top.
  5. Jun 2, 2011
    70
    Flux Outside is one of those oft-sought specimens in an genre dominated by fruitless homage and shoddy fusions: a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  6. Apr 15, 2011
    69
    The Bangs seem to place every drum stutter, keyboard whirr, and Schafer howl on equal footing, a nice testament to the tightness and democracy of their musical unit, so pushing the songwriting further to the forefront could come at the risk of toppling the delicate balance the not-so-delicate Flux Outside achieves. May they never learn to sit still.
  7. Jun 9, 2011
    60
    The thrill of Flux Outside is that, if it had its way, it wouldn't stick around either.
  8. May 13, 2011
    60
    The sheer abundance of ideas starts to wear the listener down a little ma few more slow-burners like "Bad News, Strange Luck" wouldn't go a miss. [Jun 2011, p.94]
  9. 60
    Despite its flaws, Flux Outside is an album filled to the brim with energy, sincerity, and fearlessness of a music world overrun by genre conventions.
  10. May 27, 2011
    40
    It's certainly an ambitious album, and a sonically satisfying one, but it lacks memorable hooks and melodies. [May 2011, p.86]

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