Royal Blood - Royal Blood
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British rock duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher was produced with Tom Dalgety.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    100
    At it's best, it's a thing of beauty. But if the duo's choruses set the gold standard, it's the riffs that are worth their weight in platinum. [23 Aug 2014, p.54]
  2. Aug 26, 2014
    90
    A tight bind of rhythm and noise, of chugging menace and sudden spikes.
  3. 90
    It never lags. [Sep 2014, p.95]
  4. 80
    There's light, shade and careful nuance throughout.
  5. Aug 21, 2014
    80
    Even with a debut album, their ascent has been so steep the opening salvo feels like a premature greatest hits.
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    There’s heft and muscle to these songs (or, yes, “song”) and the album is a good taster for what these guys must sound like live.
  7. Sep 16, 2014
    56
    It’s the pro-forma songwriting that transpires between those brontosaurus blasts that ultimately proves problematic. By using their muscular might to prop up otherwise featherweight tunes, Royal Blood have effectively built themselves a castle and furnished it with IKEA.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    few complaints about this band, solid drummer, solid guitarist = entertaining music
    one thing is that their songs are relatively short and
    few complaints about this band, solid drummer, solid guitarist = entertaining music
    one thing is that their songs are relatively short and there are only 10 of them, about 40 mins of music which is a little short of the average
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  2. Nov 24, 2014
    9
    After a tough year of listening to songs about butts this was exactly what our ears needed. Let's just go back to some raw rock with amazingAfter a tough year of listening to songs about butts this was exactly what our ears needed. Let's just go back to some raw rock with amazing bluesy feeling. The bass riffs are outstanding and are have amazing sound and feeling. I was amazed that a bass could be such an original substitute for a lead guitar.

    Overall, this gem proves that rock has in fact not died. It gives us something fresh, because it gets rid of the bland-sounding indie rock bands that watered down the general sound of rock music. The duo is basically giving a big middle finger to goody-goody indie/hipster bands such as Imagine Dragons, fun. and Bastille.

    A solid album and an instant classic.
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  3. Aug 30, 2014
    9
    A hard, sexy collection. The perfect length for excessive replays, this duo take hard bluesy rawk to new levels of intensity. Thrills andA hard, sexy collection. The perfect length for excessive replays, this duo take hard bluesy rawk to new levels of intensity. Thrills and spills of the purest kind. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    I'd say that this will be the best rock album to come out all year. If you are pining for old school Queens of the Stone Age and wonder ifI'd say that this will be the best rock album to come out all year. If you are pining for old school Queens of the Stone Age and wonder if there is somebody out there, who writes riffs like Jack White used to, then this album will satisfy your soul. Admittedly, there is no abundance of new songs on the album - but songs like the stellar "You Can Be So Cruel" make up for that deficiency. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    8
    It's not always easy to pull it off when there's only two members of the band, but Royal Blood do just that on their self-titled debut. WhatIt's not always easy to pull it off when there's only two members of the band, but Royal Blood do just that on their self-titled debut. What makes the album unique is the fact that there isn't actually a guitar present. Never has a bass guitar sounded so much like a guitar through the use of just effects pedals. The songs themselves opt for big choruses, which is never a bad thing when you're writing an album, and is perhaps the reason they've become so popular so quickly. I was lucky enough to see Royal Blood at Reading Festival this year and they didn't disappoint. Unfortunately though, their current tour sold out in minutes and I was one of the unlucky ones. Definitely recommend this album (Personal favourites: Come on Over, Little Monster, Careless) Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2014
    8
    Royal Blood mixes the proven formula of traditional blues and garage rock with amazingly free-spirited songwriting. This is something new inRoyal Blood mixes the proven formula of traditional blues and garage rock with amazingly free-spirited songwriting. This is something new in the world of Blues Rock that is mostly defined by Bands like the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys (which are also brilliant bands, but focus more on guitar-play than their lyrics). Still, sometimes one might wish for the last refinement in some songs, the last spark to light the fire and send you off dancing and singing... Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2014
    3
    This is what happens when you strip music of any personality, any real sentiment. You get music which is purely aesthetics for aestheticsThis is what happens when you strip music of any personality, any real sentiment. You get music which is purely aesthetics for aesthetics sake. Mannequin music. Something to hang your old studded leather jacket on. If hearing rock guitar riffs to placate your sense of nostalgia is all you hope to gain from music, this is perfect. The musical equivalent of a getty images stock photograph. Its a pointless exercise. The fact that it got a mercury nomination is astounding.

    Its top 40 pop for people who don't feel comfortable listening to top 40 pop.

    If all it takes for you to be excited about new music is the simple, decades old distorted riff, then you're probably not much into music. Don't bother with this, you might as well listen to the albums that Royal Blood listen too.
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