ROYAL BLOOD

How Did We Get So Dark?

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    After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood releases their eagerly anticipated second album 'How Did We Get So Dark?'

    Royal Blood's breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK and #3 on the ARIA chart, as well as going Top 20 in twelve countries and selling over a million copies. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York and being presented with a BRIT Award for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god. Their ascendency was further underlined with major awards courtesy of Kerrang!, NME and Q.

    The ten tracks that feature on 'How Did We Get So Dark?' were written in instrumental form during sessions in Brighton, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Nashville. Always trying to explore ways of stripping their enormous sound back to give it more space and impact, inspiration for the lyrics came from events in vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr's life since the band first found huge success.

    In November 2016, Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, along with producer Jolyon Thomas, spent six weeks in a studio in Brussels that was decked out like a New York diner and featured a warehouse of antique gear. 'How Did We Get So Dark?' was subsequently completed after a final session in London with their debut album's co-producer Tom Dalgety.

    The album's first single "Lights Out" ups the ante from their debut with a wrecking ball of a groove cemented by Thatcher's thunderous rhythms, while Kerr wrangles the twisted invention of his bass riffs to a whole new level. Their patented two-man artillery of carefully constructed melodic aggression is prevalent throughout, especially in "I Only Lie When I Love You," which is a compelling cowbell-assisted reminder of the power of a stop-start riff and a strident chorus. There are times where Royal Blood are more visceral than ever – notably the gargantuan introduction to "Hook, Line & Sinker" and also the intense denouement that brings "Looks Like You Know" to a close.

    While the album finds Royal Blood refining their melodic might, there are other moments that fulfil their aim to create songs that will add new dimensions to their live sets. Adorned with Kerr's falsetto, "Don't Tell" drops the intensity to mesmerising effect, while "Where Are You Now?" pulsates with a bounding energy that's quite a step apart from anything else in their catalogue. The Royal Blood palette is also expanded with the complementary addition of piano or keyboards on four tracks, including the foreboding album closer "Sleep."

Details

    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - ROYAL BLOOD

    Label - Warner

    Music Genre - Rock

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

Track Listing

CD

  1. How Did We Get So Dark?
  2. Lights Out
  3. I Only Lie When I Love You
  4. She's Creeping
  5. Looks Like You Know
  6. Where Are You Now?
  7. Don't Tell
  8. Hook, Line & Sinker
  9. Hole In Your Heart
  10. Sleep

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from THEY'VE DONE IT AGAIN Following their first self-titled album, Royal Blood have absolutely nailed the second. Without straying from their original sound, they have evolved their music so much as to not sound repetitive, bringing us refreshing yet home-like songs to completely rock out to. This album encapsulates the duo's musical vision perfectly, and I wouldn't hesitate to listen over and over.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One not to be missed! Royal Blood follow up to their debut album; bring a wall of sound and fantastic lyrics. It is packed with incredible tracks. Love this album
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The boys are back! Who said rock is dead? Royal Blood return with a HUGE follow up to their debut album. A wall of sound that demands to be listened to! You will not believe that this group only consists of two members. Rock fans rejoice - your saviours are here!
Date published: 2017-11-02
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