Hold on to your hats, check your brain in at the door, sit back and open up for another dose of infectious Swedish rock, courtesy of those cheeky reprobates Royal Republic. “Save The Nation” is the follow up to 2010’s solid and addictive debut, “We Are The Royal”. We donned our dancing pants and turned it up, in the hope these four Swedes could continue from where their debut left off.
If you are after an no-brainer, bounce about the floor pop punk album, then you need look no further. Royal Republic have hit the mark, so yes, it does pick up where they left off. It’s a high energy package through and through. Right from punchy opener ‘Save The Nation’, all the way to the schizophrenic ending of ‘This Means War’, you can’t help but move or jig some part of your body along with the beat, and in all honesty, by the time you get to ‘Molotov’, you really have to fight the urge not to get up and pogo.
These four upstarts are not going to be delivering any monumental musical masterpieces, hey they could prove us wrong in the future, but right now they don’t need to. They deliver what is needed, and give what their fan base wants. It’s a classic of the old adage, “if it ain’t broke…”
Royal Republic present quirkiness in spades, and “Save The World” is no exception. Often lyrically sniggersome, with the likes of ‘Addicted’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut’ leading the charge. The latter of which serves up a large portion of Disney meets punk! But hey, that’s what these boys do, and it works.
High energy, catchy and fun. Nothing spectacular, but spot on for if you want an easy bounce of a listen.