I have been waiting for this album since first hearing Out Of The Black almost a year ago, a track which catapulted the band directly onto the airwaves of almost every radio station with immediate effect. It became impossible to miss the juggernaut of sound that is Royal Blood, with the band drawing the attention of a ridiculous number of music ‘experts’, with the likes of Planet Rock lining right up next to Radio One and Zane Lowe to sing their praises. The level of attention led to the band landing a spot on the BBC Sound Of 2014, and different festival slots across the country and the world, including the likes of Glastonbury, Download, Reading, as well as many others. The band has somehow managed to find a sound that appeals not only to die-hard rock fans but also even the mainstream to a certain extent, crossing many boundaries and drawing fans from right across the musical spectrum. One of my favourite features of the band itself is the fact that two people manage to create so much sound, without losing any melody, with so much depth and significance to it.
This promises to be one of my favourite albums of the year.
The deep, bluesy wall of sound that characterises Royal Blood’s style takes centre stage throughout this album. In fact the album explores a vast variety of different genres, however the style seems to remain constant. Moments like the opening to Figure It Out hark back to the likes of ZZ Top, for example, with the flawless merging of rock and blues into a new genre, whereas Out Of The Black opens the album in a hard, almost punk fashion. The pace of the album also varies to a large extent, with tracks like Blood Hands frequently changing speed, without losing any of the raw power this band seems to specialises in. My personal favourite from the album is the single Little Monster. The track has such a significant thump, starting so early into the track, which almost knocks you out of your seat. That chorus, too, is absolutely anthemic (I’ve got love on my fingers, lust on my tongue…) and is almost impossible to avoid singing. This beast of a track has to be one of my favourite ever rock songs. This is followed by another fantastic track called Loose Change, a song with grit, edge and passion coming together to form a masterpiece, much like the entire album to be blunt. The sheer art involved in Ten Tonne Skeleton makes it another highlight. There is not a single part of the album that I even remotely dislike, and the fact that it is a debut makes it all the more impressive.
There is not much I can say for the album, frankly it speaks for itself. It is rare that a genre which has been as thoroughly explored as rock/blues produces such a refreshing album, and the album is worth buying even just for that reason. It is such a good album, from such a good band, and is something I cannot praise enough. For me, this album will become a classic, something I hope to show future generations to prove that not everything released in our time was like Justin Bieber and One Direction, and that rock music is very much still alive and kicking.