Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
How Did We Get So Dark?
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Vexel
70
Royal Blood are unfortunately already starting to sound samey on their second release. So much so that it just feels like an extension of their debut. Even so, the quality of the music hasn't degraded, so I really can't justify giving this a lower score. Lots of cuts on here still sound great, I just wish there was some form of evolution for the band on this album, like at all.
PipePanic
88
While the writing is something to be desired, Royal Blood provide yet another solid record in their ever growing hard rock, fun as hell, catchy and all in all great discography.

Favorite jams: How Did We Get So Dark, Hook, Line & Sinker, Where Are You Know?

Lest Favorite: Don't Tell
Joshua0_o
70
This sounds exactly the same as their debut (which I liked a lot) but with worse songwriting.
mj04
62
Not a bad album but also I won't call this good by any means, it's just a really boring rock album. Basically every song is written in the exact same way, except "I Only Lie When I Love You" I wasn't interested in any of the other songs.
65
HDWGSD brings together the best (and worst) moments from Royal Blood. A mixed bag.

Best: Lights Out, I Only Lie When I Love You, Sleep

Worst: Look Like You Know
itsyahboinoah
40
A bootleg queen of the stone age band with no diversity that after two to three tracks becomes monotonous and boring. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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.

If you like this record or are searching for a similar sound, I recommend checking out '68's newest album "Two Parts Viper." Even though '68's record has several faults, it provides a ... read more
Beetlebumer
75
First record from RB was good enough,this almost the same.I understand the low ratings, but also this is pretty enjoyable///75 with hope that next album will be different///
gas_souza
76
How Did We Get So Dark? - 75
Lights Out - 80
I Only Lie When I Love You - 80
She's Creeping - 70
Look Like You Know - 75
Where Are You Now? - 75
Don't Tell - 80
Hook, Line & Sinker - 75
Hole in Your Heart - 80
Sleep - 70

Destaques: I Only Lie When I Love You e Lights Out
EntryIncomplete
40
*blows raspberries disappointingly*
Doofy
13
I’m not even sure this would have got a release if it weren’t for the success of the unspectacular but proficient debut.

This is some demo quality underwritten formulaic dreck right here with a hard on for Josh Homme style backing vox that won’t quit.
panoramareviews
65
Con este nuevo trabajo, el dúo busca defender su corona de promesa del Rock, ampliando su catálogo usando su reconocido estilo ya demostrado en su anterior elepé, sin escatimar en novedades considerables. Jugada totalmente inteligente de los oriundos de Sussex, que logran estirar por un rato el éxito registrado con su debut, usando la misma formula. Por otro lado, ellos mismos saben que deberán innovar para la próxima vez que decidan crear nuevo ... read more
40
Man, when did Death From Above 1979 get so bad? Oh wait...
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
72
1. How Did We Get So Dark? - 10
2. Lights Out - 9.0
3. I Only Lie When I Love You - 9.0
4. She's Creeping - 5.0
5. Look Like You Now - 6.0
6. Where Are You Now? - 7.0
7. Don't Tell - 3.0
8. Hook, Line & Sinker - 7.0
9. Hole In Your Heart - 10
10. Sleep - 6.0

72/100
BakTrak
NR
I did not found back all the element that I liked in their first album. Not bad, but less feelings and spontaneity. A little disappointment.
dntspr
90
How Did We Get So Dark? // 94
Lights Out // 86
I Only Lie When I Love You // 96
She's Creeping // 87
Look Like You Know // 92
Where Are You Now? // 84
Don't Tell // 93
Hook, Line & Sinker // 86
Hole in Your Heart // 88
Sleep // 92

Consistently electrifying and endless dirty, oozing grunge grooves. Sound familiar? Yes? Good. Royal Blood have once again smashed a two-person sized hole in the rock scene, proving that if you know what you're doing you don't need a small army of guitar players ... read more
blinkclyro
30
Easily the biggest letdown here is the band’s clear decision to rest on their laurels and not make much of an effort to do anything new. Of course, since the first album was good, there is still some enjoyment to gain from an album that is essentially the same, but by the thousandth identical tinny riff from Kerr’s bass, it becomes tiring.

So let’s hope that next time we hear from Royal Blood they are able to redeem themselves but for now they have delivered one of the most ... read more
DukeEman
75
Still have that rocking edge but no new spark to ignite it...
60
I was pumped for their second album after their masterful debut. Their debut is everything you want in a hard blues rock album, while not perfect, it certainly marked this band as possibly the next big thing. Unfortunately, the band is seemingly a one trick pony making the same album again, but without that bite that drew me to them. I hope their third gets them back on their feet and release something worthwhile. Listen to their debut and only come back to this if you really, and I mean ... read more
Kokolores
69
The second is always tricky. Let's see if they have a creative,idiosyncratic and independent third album.
anarabelo
NR
Royal Blood has showed us in their first album how much they are good, and How Did We Get So Dark didn't desappointed.They didn't changed the style, which I think is interesting, but also,a bit discusting. In my opinion, they possible could have done something else that I can't describe expecifically, but I'm not saying as well that this album its bad. As the first one titled 'Royal Blood'presents wonderful lyrics,with Mike's vocals ends up leaving a finish completing Ben's in the drums. We ... read more
th_initiator
89
Current Thoughts -
▲ = How Did We Get So Dark, Lights Out, I Only Lie When I Love You, Where Are You Now, Hook Line & Sinker, Hole in Your Heart, She's Creeping,
▬ = Look At You Know, Sleep
▼ = Don't Tell

Original Thoughts On The Album -
Lights Out, I Only Lie When I Love You, Hook Line & Sinker and Hole in Your Heart are such great songs... If only the rest of the album we're as good as that.

Revisit -
I'm kicking myself in the ass thinking She's Creeping was a bad song, holy ... read more
Br
72
Beyond the incredible use of amps and pedals, there isn't enough here to keep me captivated
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)
twwalter
59
Royal Blood has continued a hard rock trajectory formula that creates brash, loud bluesy rock. To keep things soundly fairly fresh, they institute funkier and desert rock vibes. The problem with the album is much of it feels like an identity crisis and feels too much like trying to be like contemporaries rather than their own distinctive sound.

Favorite tracks: How Did We Get So Dark?, Sleep
arturostacey
100
“They’re such fine musicians. However long the set was, I could have heard twice as much. Their album has taken the genre up a serious few notches." -Jimmy Page

There is nothing more to say.
davecoop18
64
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