A lot has been said in the build up to the release of the latest You Me At Six album Night People in terms of the band heading in a different direction. There have been mixed views and it’s been like marmite, fans have either loved it or hated it.
The title track is the opener and it is very different to how you would expect a You Me At Six record to be. It’s a lot more commercial and at points reminds me a bit of the Immortals era of Fall Out Boy. It’s not exactly the strongest track on the record, however as an opener, it does do it’s job in terms of keeping you interested. This was the first taste fans got of the record and it is clear to see why they were slightly less than excited about what was to come. Heavy Soul is more like the old You Me At Six, it’s very catchy. The entirety of Take On The World focuses on frontman Josh Franceschi’s smooth, soaring vocals. Swear is a very danceable track with a big hook.
The album is actually quite a good album if you take away the premonition of it being exactly like the lead single Night People. It is actually a mixed bag of more commercial songs but still has an element of the You Me At Six we all know and love. I can understand the apprehension (hell even I was apprehensive in the run up to the record’s release), however it should be given a chance as it does grow on you the more you listen. It’s catchy, upbeat, has great melodies and vocals, awesome riffs and strong drums, everything a good record should have!