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How Did We Get So Dark?

Royal Blood

How Did We Get So Dark?

Second album from the Brighton garage rock duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher

ADM rating[?]

6.4

Label
Warner Bros
UK Release date
16/06/2017
US Release date
16/06/2017
  1. 8.0 |   NME

    10 shamelessly melodic rock monsters that hit home like a nail gun to the eardrum
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Whatever Royal Blood have surrendered in volume here, they have gained in new dimensions. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    The riffology achieves a merciless muscularity that surpasses even their first album. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    One hell of a beast
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This album will put them in the big league
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    This is a competent and confident showing from a duo that know what their audience like
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  7. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The sound of a band enjoying their niche, but how long that can last has to be the concern here
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  8. 6.9 |   Gig Soup

    A tentative step forward, 'How Did We Get So Dark?' sees Royal Blood evolve from their debut to generally worthwhile but sometimes mixed results
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    One suspects it might sound far better on stage
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  10. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    How Did We Get So Dark? may run the risk of losing its soul and beating heart in order to please the masses
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  11. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s all quite one-dimensional leaving the impression of a collection primarily designed to make live venues shake and shudder under its weight
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  12. 5.3 |   Earbuddy

    There’s better music out there
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  13. 4.6 |   AU Review

    NEW Unfortunately, How Did We Get So Dark? lacks in many areas that made Royal Blood the captivating album that it was
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  14. 4.0 |   The Independent

    It’s like being hectored loudly by a bore
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  15. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    An archetypal difficult second album
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