Researching the Blues

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Aug 7, 2012
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Aug 10, 2012
    60
    So, every sha la la-la and wo-o-wo-o still shines, as the brothers McDonald once crooned in Carpenters cover "Yesterday Once More" (which reached No. 45 hit on the charts in England!), or at least sort of shines: Cleaner production might've buried the vocals less.
  2. 60
    While it's still a worthy comeback for a band way past its prime, Researching the Blues is similarly only a few solid tracks away from greatness.
  3. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. SeriouslyI'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. Full Review »
  2. 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. GreatIt'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! Full Review »