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  • Summary: The first release in over 15 years for the Los Angeles rock quartet was produced by band co-founder, Steven McDonald.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Aug 3, 2012
    90
    Redd Kross' comeback is a stunner, taut, hyper-melodic songwriting and heavenly harmonies wed to a veritable barrage of fierce hooks and riffs. [Aug 2012, p.78]
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    90
    Redd Kross 2.0's incredible debut.
  3. Aug 3, 2012
    80
    From start to finish, Researching The Blues satisfies. It's too bad there's no ballad, but the energy that crackles from these rockers makes it easy to forget about the lack of love songs.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    80
    They're back with a glorious melange of influence that borrows from everywhere but combines to sound like no-one else on earth. [1 Aug 2012, p.54]
  5. Aug 7, 2012
    75
    The band doesn't break much ground--if you loved their '90s albums, chances are you'll appreciate this one. But maturity has its own rewards.
  6. Aug 20, 2012
    71
    Redd Kross sound tighter and more energetic, even though their guitar tones have mellowed a little.
  7. Aug 8, 2012
    60
    Some the hooks are among the best the band has ever written... [Yet] the 10 songs never feel like an Album so much as it does a collection of songs, more like productive jams from a group of middle-aged friends unwinding or celebrating than actually adding any kind of blues to their songwriting chops.

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  1. Mar 7, 2013
    10
    It's been like 15 years or so since the last Redd Kross record, but with "Researching The Blues" they sound like never went away. Great melodic power-pop perfection that kinda rocks hard. Recommended! Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    10
    I'm not gunna lie, I've never heard of these guys before. That being said, this is my favorite album this year after Locked Down. Seriously good stuff. Expand