AOTY 2017
Royal Headache - High
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #31 / 742
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2015 Ratings: #47
August 21, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
What's Your Rupture? / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Thank goodness High has been let loose at last: this feels like one of those truly habit-forming, again-and-again pleasures.

100
The Guardian
It’s what an Australian rock record, at least one made by four men, should sound like in 2015.
90
NME

With ‘High’, they’ve recorded an almost perfect 30 minutes of indie-punk. There’s no flabbiness, no million-dollar production that adds nothing to the songs, no bloated guitar lines or pointless drum fills and nothing that even comes close to seeming in any way meaningless.

90
The Line of Best Fit
With this raw collection of songs, Royal Headache have bared themselves to the world, and it's enthralling.
85
The 405

Needless to say, despite its seemingly slight 29-minute length, High packs in more than enough ideas, hooks and moments of pure emotion that it will not wear out anytime soon.

80
Pitchfork

Royal Headache have taken steps forward since their last album—they’ve cleaned up their production and diversified their songwriting. Ultimately, though, the important bits are intact: the passion, the power, and the hooks that demand being shouted joyfully.

80
Spin
They offer a survey of rock’s history, but their take is revisionist.
80
Exclaim!

Easy on the ears, heavy on the heart and definitely worth the wait, High will leave you feeling as such.

80
AllMusic

It makes for a great second album, one that holds tight to all the things that made the first one so satisfying, while adding some new wrinkles that only serve to improve things.

80
FasterLouder
That shaky marriage of lo-fi pub punk and Shogun’s heartening, soul-laced delivery is exactly what makes the band so special. Rather than being some novelty that loses its appeal, that bristling contrast makes the album a total thrill through every repeat listen.
70
Under The Radar

Royal Headache show sublime restraint with High, delivering on the romantic promise of their fantastically unhinged 2011 self-titled debut.

70
Rolling Stone

Royal Headache's execution is so straightforwardly 1977 that it almost teeters on generic garage-rock pastiche. The saving grace is this album's undeniable heart and soul.

58
Consequence of Sound
It turns out they were right to push through the breakup, but a few bleak songs dampen the high they’re chasing after as a result.
Oct 13, 2015
lolo66
85
This usually isn't my thing but I found this irrestible. There is a sense of old blue eyed soul in the bones of these songs along with a great use of organ that fleshes out these songs into something more than a one time listen.
Sep 6, 2015
lerkenfeldt
81
On 'High' Royal Headache stick to what the know; how to make melodic lo-fi indie punk. It's a very satisfying listen indeed, very similar to their debut, but there is still enough innovation on her to make it feel fresh and exiting. I think my favorite part of the album is the vocals. I am not sure if it is the slightly cleaner production, or the fact that Shogun has become a better singer since the debut, but the vocals a a lot more confident than on 'Royal Headache'.

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Track List
  1. My Own Fantasy
  2. Need You
  3. High
  4. Another World
  5. Wouldn't You Know
  6. Garbage
  7. Love Her If I Tried
  8. Carolina
  9. Little Star
  10. Electric Shock


Added on: June 17, 2015