Royal Blood
Typhoons


3.5
great

Review

by FCY USER (18 Reviews)
April 30th, 2021 | 16 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Royal Blood find their (inner) Muse.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Typhoons is a generic, pop rock anthem, sealed, stamped and ready to fuel car, product and movie commercials. Yet, it finds Royal Blood in their more comfortable stance, definitely more so than on the identity crisis that was their sophomore record. Their sketchy attempt of easing their way into a mainstream vibe has finally kicked into gear and instead of playing the awkward middle child of rock and pop, they’ve grown into a confident, show-off bigger brother of disco.

Along with the album cover, the sound here is bathed in color. The unsure falsettos from How Did We Get So Dark? are replaced by rich backing vocals. The timid keyboard from the previous album has better use here, driving the funky Limbo along with its explosive riffs and accompanying the airy, low-key All We Have Is Now to a calm close. Elsewhere, the album is packed with power: Oblivion blends the robot rock of early Daft Punk, while Who Needs Friends? marches with a jackhammer riff into an expansive chorus. The album’s true centerpiece however is Boilermaker. Already a fan-favorite on its live introduction, the song blends their untamed debut album’s raw energy into this glittery cocktail. A cocktail which at the same time is no short of sour fillers: the extremely bland Either You Want It and Hold On are some of the most generic moments on the album, portraying cringe lyricism and dated riffage.

Luckily, for the most part, Mike Kerr’s lyrics partner the sound of sleazy disco-meets-desert rock quite well. In the wake of their last tour, the frontman felt burned out from the rock-n-roll excess and he documents his road to recovery from alcohol and drugs through moments of self-reflection and pep-talk: “…all these chemicals dancing through my veins, they don’t kill the cause, they just numb the pain” / “can’t live like this forever, running out of lifelines”. Gearing towards a more ‘euphoric, danceable and fun’ record allowed Kerr 'a license to be vulnerable, and confidence to be more revealing’, as he puts it. A polar opposite of Kerr however, is Ben Thatcher. While the singer is well in the groove, Thatcher appears at sea. The change in sound is partly the culprit, but considering his feral performances on the previous records, his presence here barely makes an impact apart from providing a steady beat to the flow. If the band were to progress this sound further, they need to find room for Thatcher to shine again.

With Typhoons, Royal Blood have settled into a somewhat of a sweet-spot: their steady transition from filthy stoner blues to mainstream rock is perhaps exactly what they needed. The journey however, was quite rocky (pun intended), and while far from perfect, the destination is a breath of fresh air, should you decide to open up to it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ashtiel
April 30th 2021


1139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the other live-favourite "King" and the b-side "Space" are available as part of a digital deluxe album on their website. two of the other tracks on this thing, I think.

overall enjoying this as a "lean into the groove and move around" listen, hoping these tracks pop off for them live.

CaliggyJack
April 30th 2021


6546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh shit it's out!?



I need to spin it

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 30th 2021


37586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is their worst record for me, but still decent. As long as they keep featuring the electric guitars so prominently, I'll find it tough to hate their style. Their self-titled debut is still where it's at though obviously. Nice review.

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claygurnz
April 30th 2021


6530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is absolute poop imo

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 30th 2021


37586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you're sorta not wrong

I'm not proud of the fact that I can tolerate this

Cormano
April 30th 2021


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band has always been bad but this is terrible

CaliggyJack
April 30th 2021


6546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If it's worse than their sophomore than that is just sad. I felt their 2nd record was so fucking boring.

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 30th 2021


37586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I appreciated their 2nd album. It was nowhere near their debut, but still had some rippers.

Cormano
April 30th 2021


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I find it quite hilarious how the words "raw" and "explosive" gets tossed around so much when talking about their debut when that's actually very far from being the case

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 30th 2021


37586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think their debut was raw (it's pretty damn polished), but it's certainly explosive in terms of riffage and rock energy IMO

StickFeit
April 30th 2021


1564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This is slightly better than the second one... isn’t saying much tho

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claygurnz
April 30th 2021


6530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I love the singles off the debut but everything else from these guys is blah.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2021


16910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

It’s not a bad album, it’s just that a lot of the songs here are painfully bland or drag on for way too long

bloc
April 30th 2021


65507 Comments


That last single was seriously obnoxious but I must listen to this

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2021


7854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

didn't even know this was out

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CaliggyJack
May 2nd 2021


6546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jesus this sucks.



Like it's better than their 2nd but only by like one song. Other than that, I was yawning halfway through.



Yawning... at rock music...



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