Released: Oct 3, 2011
Genre: Pop Punk, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
"Sinners Never Sleep" (pop-punkers You Me At Six's third opus) represents the band's most mature offering to date.
Sinners Never Sleep
Hammerzeit, on october 07, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: "Sinners Never Sleep" (Surrey based pop-punkers You Me At Six's third opus) represents the band's most mature offering to date. The album, written off the back of some of the band's most testing times to date, showcases a band who have grown up a great deal, yet don't stray all that far from their core sound.
There is enough here to satisfy any fans You Me At Six have gained over their last two albums. The guitar tone is stock YMAS all the way, as is the song writing which remains (for the most part and impressively given the band's tender age) reasonably competent. In that vein, Sinners gets off to a flying start. Lead single and opener Loverboy has a chorus and vocal hooks that lodge themselves in your cranium straight off the bat and the second half of the one-two punch Jaws On The Floor is all the good things YMAS are about crammed into one tune. However, it's when Josh Francesci begins to draw lyrical content from the bands hard times that the band really kicks up a gear. "Bite My Tongue", effectively penned by Francesci as a hate song about his own band mates, is unquestionably the album's zenith both musically (despite Oli Sykes turning up almost solely to mispronounce the word you in the middle of the song's bridge) and lyrically and is probably the best evidence there is of the band maturing over time. "Little Death" and "Time Is Money", the latter featuring a slightly strange yet somehow effective cameo from Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall, conclude a contingent of heavier pop punk material that any band to have ever lead the genre could be reasonably proud of.
As much as the band threaten to progress on "Sinners" though, there is an equal tendency to regress and remain firmly in their comfort zone. Already a relatively ballad heavy album, the quality of the heavier tunes is harmed somewhat by the inclusion of ballads such as Reckless and Little Bit Of Truth which are somewhat average, could easily have slotted into the band's previous works and end up polluting the middle of the album. There are some experiments which haven't quite come off too. The Dilemma sees the addition of horns which don't really add anything much and brooding closer When I Was Younger is a strange parting gift from an album which is rather more upbeat and hopeful on the whole. // 8
Lyrics: Lyrically and vocally, "Sinners Never Sleep" is much a caricature of Jekyll and Hyde. Josh Francesci is capable of writing a chorus that most pop punk vocalists could only dream about ("Loverboy"), but the album isn't without the odd forced delivery or rushed vocal line ("The Dilemma"). Lyrically too, the story is not dissimilar. Josh Francesci is at his best when he ditches the stereotypical pop punk themes of love and lost love past, present and future and gets to grips with his introspect. "Bite My Tongue" and "Time Is Money" are top lyrical moments, with Francesci turning inner angst and frustration into cohesive and non-generic lyrical content. There the aforementioned guest appearances too which despite seeming ill-fitting at first, make much more sense the more you listen to the album. All in all, the positives outweigh the negatives. // 6
Overall Impression: "Sinners Never Sleep" is by and large decent album. It's a progression and a step forwards in so far as mature song-writing goes and it's likely to propel them onto the British Arena tour circuit in their own right. The style shift isn't as dramatic as press hyping the album has made out, yet it is still significant enough so that the band remains very relevant. Whilst there are kinks still to be ironed out, this is a solid record from band who appear to know where they've come from and seem to have a good idea about where they're going too. // 7
Sinners Never Sleep
notsominidude, on october 10, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Surrey based pop-rock quintet You Me At Six's 3rd record Sinners Never Sleep shows the band maturing and really developing their own sound. Sinners Never Sleep shows the band moving away from the poppier aspect of their sound and more towards the Rock end of the spectrum, guest appearances from Bring Me The Horizon's Oliver Sykes and Parkway Drive's Winston Mccall only help them with this.
What struck me about this album immediately is that it is very chorus driven, resulting in some weaker verse's. But that doesn't detract from the fact that these chorus's crave to be heard in larger venues, and after the bands 2 night stint at the Hammersmith Apollo in London last year this record shows their eagerness to move up to bigger and better venues, more than likely to the British arena circuit.
Another notable point is the step up in the musicianship, especially from guitarists Chris Miller and Max Helyer. Show casing their skills on tracks like No One Does It Better containing Chilli Peppers esque riffing, opposed to tracks like Bite My Tongue and Time Is Money which are demonstrations their heavier side. // 8
Lyrics: Lyrically it's probably on par with its predecessor, Hold Me Down. The lyrics suit their purpose, they aren't a stroke of genius but then again, they don't need to be. Whilst on paper, some may seem a bit naff; this is easily ignorable by Josh's strong vocal delivery, interesting vocal melodies and memorable hooks. Sinners Never Sleep demonstrates Franceschi's rock vocal abilities, and his ability to carry the slow, ballad esque songs. // 7
Overall Impression: On first listen, I felt it was just another You Me At Six album. A few decent singles and a lot of filler. After living with it for a while and giving it a couple more spins I realized that this was a very solid album. The bands strongest so far, it's not mind blowing but defiantly a step in the right direction. It could use a few more of the slightly faster paced songs, but when they do appear they are stand out moments (Loverboy, Bite My Tongue, Time Is Money). If you are a fan of the band, or Rock music in general then this album's for you. If you're not, I can't imagine this album will convert you and you probably won't enjoy it too much but theirs no harm in giving it a go. Also if you are a fan of the band then there is a Documentary entitled Bite My Tongue that I strongly recommend you view. // 8