- How Did We Get So Dark?

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #259 / 347
USER SCORE
69
Based on
35 ratings

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90
Northern Transmissions

Few albums manage to feel as consistently single-laden as How Did We Get So Dark? and fewer manage to do it with such a consistent sound to them. Royal Blood pushes themselves unbelievably hard on this amazing record to make sure they’re not just known as a cool breakout band.

80
NME

Here on second album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’, we welcome another 40 minutes of Royal Blood exploring their home turf on 10 shamelessly melodic rock monsters that hit home like a nail gun to the eardrum.

80
DIY

‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ is one hell of a beast; but while their first outing had as much subtlety as a whack around the face, this time they’ve born a more considered - but sinister - creature.

80
AllMusic
Here, they not only sound brawny but nimble, navigating twists in their riffs and rhythms without a hitch and without flash.
70
musicOMH

How Did We Get So Dark? has plenty of appeal, possibly just edging the debut, and is the sound of a band enjoying their niche, but how long that can last has to be the concern here.

69
GIGsoup

It sees the band move forward from, and in many ways improve upon, what they were already good at, with a few – mostly worthwhile – new ideas thrown in for good measure. On the other hand, what evolution we do get is minimal and not quite enough to fully justify the less anthemic tone of the album.

60
Drowned in Sound

How Did We Get So Dark? is a big, grown-up rock album with all the riffs and compositional disappearing down rabbit holes we've come to yearn for from Royal Blood, but there are several songs here that are also primed for radio.

40
The Independent

Royal Blood’s energies here are expended not on expansive outreach but intensive simplicity: any added layers simply buttress the basic riffs of tracks.

40
The Guardian

The duo hurl everything at them – harmonies, killer bass sounds, presumably the studio’s kitchen sink – but the tunes aren’t nearly as strong as, say, the first album’s Ten Tonne Skeleton.

Jun 16, 2017
Joshua0_o
70
This sounds exactly the same as their debut (which I liked a lot) but with worse songwriting.
Jun 21, 2017
Br
72
Beyond the incredible use of amps and pedals, there isn't enough here to keep me captivated
Jun 20, 2017
JustAReflektor
22
u turned the lights out. idiots

Now before you go criticizing me for making a lazy, obvious joke, consider the inanity of putting a question like this as the title of your album. consider that
Jun 20, 2017
PaulyZ
71
TRACK LIST:

How Did We Get So Dark? (8.7)
Lights Out (8.5)
I Only Lie When I Love You (8.0)
She's Creeping (5.6)
Look Like You Know (6.5)
Where Are You Now? (6.6)
Don't Tell (6.8)
Hook, Line & Sinker (7.6)
Hole in Your Heart (7.0)
Sleep (6.3)
Jun 19, 2017
abdcorner
50
No doubt Royal Blood's "How Did We Get So Dark?" contains energy. Every song features some kind of blistering, bass-led riff and pounding drums. Unfortunately, after two songs, those riffs quickly dull. One listen reveals the album; a second listen reveals that there's nothing else there.

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June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner / Label
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Track List
  1. How Did We Get So Dark?
  2. Lights Out
  3. I Only Lie When I Love You
  4. She's Creeping
  5. Look Like You Know
  6. Where Are You Now?
  7. Don't Tell
  8. Hook, Line & Sinker
  9. Hole in Your Heart
  10. Sleep
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, Bjartolini


Added on: April 11, 2017