You Me At Six – Sinners Never Sleep
You Me At Six, the boys from England show that they can make hit pop-rock songs with the catchy and fun-filled_Loverboy_ proclaiming “Loverboy, you played us up like toys, don’t you feel bad, don’t you feel bad? Filled with repent”. Lead singer Josh Franceschi takes this one to the top vocally and things are looking great for the new album .
Jaws On The Floor is reminiscent of Panic! At The Disco to begin with, but builds into something altogether different, something with more pop-charm and Franceschi adds some of his own distinctive flavour to the song. The melody that runs at the start of Bite My Tongue is engaging and inviting, before the intro drops off and a chorus strains some more negatively-geared emotion by Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon as Franceschi belts out some fine vocals, “You keep me on the edge of mercy” he sings before a screamed and strained tirade takes the song out.
This Is The First Thing is much lighter, with a brief melody to begin then rising for some emotional conviction and dropping away before a repeat. Essentially, this is a story of lost love, with Franceschi brooding and emoting universal themes with very a light, serenade: “You were the first one I loved, you were the first one I lost”. The guitar melody to quietly begin Noone Does It Better is pleasant and matches the toned down feel of the song, this is one worthy of notable mention, Franceschi shines on this song with lyrics like “If I just save you, you could save me too”. Little Death implores “We are not your lovers, we are not your friends” with some lulls in between the chorus, muted lead guitar melody and leads onto an all-band effort to take it out abruptly.
Crash is a wonderful and very emotive song, toned town and stripped back, with the soaring and emotion-filled ascension coming at almost the three minute mark. It’s worth the wait for this love song, it is well-written and an overall treasure. Reckless follows on from here, and the intro paints it instantly as a vibrant, catchy pop-rock tune. Franceschi shines again, “Don’t hold your breath, I’m not losing sleep over you” he sings amongst cool riffs and rhythmic drumming. This song is easily one of the best on the album, it’s uplifting, dancey, pop-rock at its best. Time Is Money is harder in tone, with a faster beat, moving along swiftly while achieving a good balance of hard and soft, then at the two minute mark we have some growls of discontent that seem to be crossing genre divides, before the track quickly ends.
While catering to the slow-paced, mellow side, Little Bit Of Truth seems quite basic in both its structure and lyrical content, it also seems to serve as nothing more than a B-grade filler, which is disappointing, despite its mellow feel, it could have been replaced by something with far more substance.
The Dilemma is very similar, and the downward slope of the record seems to have arrived, the band might have been better opting to have a ten track album rather than a twelve with some very surprising mediocre tracks churned out. Franceschi is as always, on the money with his vocals, it’s just that they can indeed do better. Fittingly, When We Were Younger is a classic final track, rounding the record off with a very slow, meandering, emotive tune that feels right to be placed here at the album’s close. It’s over four minutes of lulling vocals amongst toned down instruments prior to a cool ascension that comes back down to provide a graceful ending.