Review: Royal Blood – “Typhoons”

Royal Blood has released their third album Typhoons and with it decided to find their way on the dance floor. The album still has it’s one foot in rock but the other one has inched its  way more in the classic disco. The result is a very pleasant, commercially palatable mix of hooks, vocal soundscapes over generally basic rhythms.

Of course the sound of front man Mike Kerr’s richly enhanced bass guitar is there together with keyboards and lots of vocals. But listening to the album I expected to at any time hear Nile Rodgers come in with his typical riffs. It would have been the cherry on the cake.

Royal Blood - Typhoons

More info about “Typhoons”

The album got 11 tracks and starts of with “Trouble’s Coming”, a song that was released last September already and which was also included in the FIFA 21 and NHL 21 games. It’s a true dance floor stomper with hooks that are slick but still full of the raw overdriven sound that Kerr gets out of his bass.

The song is followed by “Oblivion” and title track “Typhoons” and I think after you’ve gone through those three you should be won over. Have they put all power in the first songs? No, track 8 is called “Boilermaker” and it’s for me the best track of the album. Powerful, catchy with an unexpected middle part that takes the listener on that journey out of the three-bite-and-swallow experience that we so often go through.

Daft Punk is no more, The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” was a long time ago but with “Typhoons”, Royal Blood has rekindled their energy, added their Rock roots and Robbie Williams swag.

Watch this space for updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
    1
    Share
  •  
    1
    Share
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  

Peter Toussaint

Musician. Music Critic. Born and bred in Holland, but living in South Africa

Leave a Reply