The Royal Society - The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Confrontational, clammy, brimming with confidence... ‘Royal Society’ is as majestic as its title implies.
  2. This record is full of the illogical, instinctive, incomprehensible poetry that the BEST Rock & Roll lyrics are made of, and contains some of the most distinctive and indeed brilliant music of the last ten years/twenty five years/ever/let's get more carried away.
  3. A demented, disjointed, delicious-as-human-rump-steak modern classic. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
  4. 80
    Explores themes of mental derailment and the black arts against a backdrop of the heaviest psychobilly, grunge-metal and stoner rock. [Nov 2004, p.106]
  5. There’s something horrific about this record; it’s possessed by an indefinable evil that permeates every song.
  6. [Singer Guy] McKnight's baritone, which could earn him a packet doing horror movie voiceovers, injects melodrama into songs already drowning in it.
  7. These songs display such moustache-twirling camp that they exert a lively pull despite the undead atmospherics. [Dec 2004, p.136]

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