How Did We Get So Dark?

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How Did We Get So Dark?
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Studio album by Royal Blood
Released 16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)
Recorded 2016–17
Studio ICP Studios (Brussels, Belgium) RAK Studios, London
Genre
Length 34:25
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Royal Blood chronology
Royal Blood
(2014)Royal Blood2014
How Did We Get So Dark?
(2017)
Singles from How Did We Get So Dark?
  1. "Lights Out"
    Released: 13 April 2017[1]
  2. "I Only Lie When I Love You"
    Released: 8 June 2017
  3. "How Did We Get So Dark?"
    Released: 20 October 2017
  4. "Hole in Your Heart"
    Released: 20 March 2018[2]

How Did We Get So Dark? is the second studio album by British rock duo Royal Blood. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records on 16 June 2017.[3]

The album is considered by most critics to be compositionally similar to the band's breakthrough debut album;[citation needed] both albums are stylistically very similar, with Kerr's bass serving as the music's focal point.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.4/10[7]
Metacritic71/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[5]
Dork4/5 stars[8]
Exclaim!6/10[9]
Financial Times4/5 stars[10]
MusicOMH3.5/5 stars[11]
NME4/5 stars[12]
Spill Magazine5/5 stars[13]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, attaining a Metacritic aggregate score of 71. The album was generally not as well received as the band's first album with critics noting that, while the songwriting and production were well-executed, the band had failed to progress creatively since their debut.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mike Kerr, except where noted; all music composed by Royal Blood, except where noted.

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."How Did We Get So Dark?"  3:17
2."Lights Out"
  • Mike Kerr
  • John Barrett
  • Royal Blood
  • John Barrett
3:57
3."I Only Lie When I Love You"  2:49
4."She's Creeping"  3:23
5."Look Like You Know"  3:05
6."Where Are You Now?"  2:46
7."Don't Tell"
  • Mike Kerr
  • John Barrett
  • Royal Blood
  • John Barrett
3:38
8."Hook, Line & Sinker"  3:28
9."Hole in Your Heart"  3:46
10."Sleep" 
  • Royal Blood
  • Patrick Berger
4:16
Total length:34:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Mike Kerr – bass, keyboards, vocals, production
  • Ben Thatcher – drums, percussion, Steinway D, production
  • Tom Dalgety – production, engineering, mixing
  • Jolyon Thomas – production, engineering
  • Brian Lucey – mastering
  • Justin Smith – engineering
  • Drew Bang – engineering
  • Adrian Samson – photography
  • Pascal Teixeira – art direction
  • Richard Welland – design

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 2
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 8
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[20] 43
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 28
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 17
Greek Albums (IFPI)[25] 19
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 29
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 6
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[29] 23
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[30] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[32] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 1
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[35] 1
US Billboard 200[36] 25
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[37] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[39] 112
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 39

References[edit]

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  23. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 25, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Top-75 Albums Sales Chart (Week: 30/2017)". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
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  27. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  29. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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