Sunday 16 July 2017

Album Review: ROYAL BLOOD - How Did We Get So Dark?

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?

01. How Did We Get So Dark?
02. Lights Out
03. I Only Lie When I Love You
04. She's Creeping
05. Look Like You Know
06. Where Are You Now?
07. Don't Tell
08. Hook, Line & Sinker
09. Hole In Your Heart
10. Sleep

British Alternative Rock duo Royal Blood are back with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2014 self titled debut album. Their first record was a massive success worldwide and launched this obscure act into the mainstream almost overnight. They had the modern contemporary lo-fi sound that's hugely popular, backed up with some fine Rock songs. The album was fairly short and none of the songs were long enough to outstay their welcome. What also made that debut such a classic was that every song was fantastic and a potential single in its own right. The only problem was that the hype was so great that it brought into question how a band could live up to those unrealistic expectations and deliver a follow up album that won't disappoint.

Now the wait is over and that follow up is finally here. Royal Blood have clearly gone down the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" path, as the production, song writing and even the artwork are all similar to the albums predecessor. They haven't taken any chances here and have clearly made Royal Blood part 2.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that Royal Blood know how to pen a hit Rock song. They manage this with ease time after time, without resorting to anything 'cheesy' or overly nostalgic in sound. This is contemporary Alternative Rock at its finest and has huge crossover appeal, yet manages to remain radio friendly without compromising any musical integrity. Just check out the infectious Lights Out, Hook, Line & Sinker, and I Only Lie When I Love You to hear why they're such hot property right now.

As an album in its entirety, I wouldn't say it's as strong as the classic debut, but it does have enough killer tracks to delight existing fans, and no doubt win Royal Blood plenty more.


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