Album Review: Typhoons by Royal Blood

Typhoons is the third studio album by rock duo Royal Blood.  Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr have bounced back with an electrifying new record that is sure to get you rocking and raving post-Covid.

Unlike their previous albums How Did We Get So Dark and their self-titled debut, this third album has included additional elements of electronic and synthesise sounds that makes it great to enjoy at rock shows and on the club dancefloors.

The Typhoons album reminds me of Muse’s album The 2nd Law, in which more techno chords and riffs are used and then high scale range of Mike’s vocals shine through.

I admit on my first listen I was quite shocked that Royal Blood had gone for this groove floor filler style but after a few more listens, it gave a great party atmosphere and the celebrations of moving forward.

The first single Troubles Coming and following tracks Who Needs Friends and Boiler Maker still have the strong rock n’ roll guitar riffs and drumming we all know and love from the duo.

The remaining tracks, which include the second single Typhoons, illustrate their new groovy electric dancefloor sounds.

I particularly enjoy Limbo with its upbeat synthesise piano base with a blend of guitar and drums.

A similar theme can be found in the tracks Oblivion, Million In One and Either You Want It. Also, I love the flawless transition between Mad Visions and Hold On.

The closure of the album was a big surprise with its beautiful piano ballad All We Have Is Know. It is a lovely heart-warming piece of music, but to hear it from a band who is best known for rock hits including Figure It Out, Little Monster, Ten Ton Skeleton and I Only Lie When I Love You was surreal.

I was expecting this track to be a filler track in the middle between the rock and dance tunes and then the record to finish on a heavy rock anthem.

Overall, this a powerful, creative and unique album that will help inspire the opening up the summer vibes and the return of live music, clubbing and raving in the months to come.

Typhoons by Royal Blood is available to buy, download and stream NOW! 

Also check out my review of Royal Blood at the BIC in Bournemouth in 2017.

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