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.
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Little Monster
Hey little monster, I got my eye on you Where are you going, where you running to? Hey little monster, you know it's all okay I'm gonna love ya, no... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Kerrang!
    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. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 18, 2014
    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: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  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. Aug 26, 2014
    9
    It's not often you hear something new, especially in the somewhat clichéd world of rock duos, but Royal Blood have created a fresh andIt's not often you hear something new, especially in the somewhat clichéd world of rock duos, but Royal Blood have created a fresh and inventive album that rocks from beginning to end. Considering they use just a bass and drums, it's surprising to find so many interesting noises scattered throughout the album. The heavy riffs are simply unbelievable, and the drums equally so. This is a fantastic album that is definitely worth a listen if you ever get a chance. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    Garage rock revival scene has garnered a lot of success since the early 2000s, when a number of bands (BRMC, The White Stripes, The Strokes)Garage rock revival scene has garnered a lot of success since the early 2000s, when a number of bands (BRMC, The White Stripes, The Strokes) began to seduce music industry with their sixties/seventies-esque, rocking riff oriented tunes. Borrowing from a now well-known established formula, enters Royal Blood, a British duo (Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher) that echoes inevitably the likes of The Black Keys or the aforementioned Jack White band, with their eponymous debut album. At 10 tracks length (over a little bit more than 30 minutes), the LP is charged mostly with raunchy riffs and daunting drumming (Out of the Black, Figure It Out), as well as bluesy rhythms (You Can Be So Cruel, Loose Change) that, despite some technical failures, deliver the goods coherently and command admiration. A formulaic album, perhaps Royal Blood's major downside is its no-risking spirit: in terms of advancing the genre, it does not offer much, as it prefers to dwell within a comfy zone that ultimately leads the audience to accept the striking resemblance to other established rock bands. It is like a canvas in which a grandiose œuvre d'art is being reproduced adequately–it satisfies, but it does not transcend. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2015
    8
    Bursting onto the scene, mainly during the summer of 2014, the sound these guys create with a drum and bass guitar is phenomenal. The bassBursting onto the scene, mainly during the summer of 2014, the sound these guys create with a drum and bass guitar is phenomenal. The bass guitar essentially does the work normally done by a rhythm and lead guitar in your normal set up. The songs nod the head towards a mix of The White Stripes and especially towards the more stripped back offerings Muse have given us over the years. "Out of the Black" is one of the best rock tunes in recent times while "Ten Tonne Skeleton" is another favourite. The album and the band deserve their early success and it will be interesting to see in which direction they can take their sound in the future. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2014
    8
    A quality release from a duo with a straightforward and fun sonic direction. With this very strong debut album, they're definitely going to beA quality release from a duo with a straightforward and fun sonic direction. With this very strong debut album, they're definitely going to be artists to watch over the coming years. 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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