10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Royal Blood’s disproportionately gigantic sound—conjured by nothing more than frontman Mike Kerr’s modulated bass and Ben Thatcher’s pulverising drums—gets an arresting platform on this lean debut. But the Brighton duo have got more in their artillery than the black-skied, heavy rock of, say, “Little Monster”. “Blood Hands” packs hardboiled drama and a beguiling slow-build, “Loose Change” has a buzzing, bluesy groove and “Careless” deftly reworks the harmonious pop these school friends were weaned on.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Royal Blood’s disproportionately gigantic sound—conjured by nothing more than frontman Mike Kerr’s modulated bass and Ben Thatcher’s pulverising drums—gets an arresting platform on this lean debut. But the Brighton duo have got more in their artillery than the black-skied, heavy rock of, say, “Little Monster”. “Blood Hands” packs hardboiled drama and a beguiling slow-build, “Loose Change” has a buzzing, bluesy groove and “Careless” deftly reworks the harmonious pop these school friends were weaned on.

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