You Me At Six
Take Off Your Colours


4.0
excellent

Review

by Vikki Hall USER (20 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2008 | 52 replies | 11,600 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For now they're a good band, with a strong debut album but the future is unclear because of that.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

When a band that have already established themselves with just their demo's decide to bring out their first album, there is bound to be mixed feelings. Die-hard fans worry that their favourite band are about to sell out and their critics are just dying for it to come out so they can write a load of articles about how much it sucks. On the other hand, you have the excited fans who are completely stoked about the fact that an album is finally coming out and they are ready to recieve it with open ears and an open mind.

When I heard about the release of Take Off Your Colours by You Me At Six, I was quite intrigued as to what the end result would be like, and after quite a few listens, I was highly impressed. At first I felt that they should've stuck to the demo arrangements of some of the song re-done for the album, but after listening to everything on the CD, I have come to the conclusion that the re-done versions actually fit in really well on this record.

It should be quite clear that You Me At Six have put all their energy and idea's into this album. The tracks seem to roll into eachother with ease but not in a way that you're not sure when one tracks ended and the other begins, in a way that it is an enjoyable listening experiance from start to finish. The lead single from the album, 'Jealous Minds Think Alike' is a catchy upbeat song, like most of their songs actually, but it does tire quite quickly. The other tiring song is 'Save it For The Bedroom', and as much fun it is when they play it at their gigs, it is harder to see what is so good about this song on record.

Also a highlight on this is their re-done versions of 'The Rumour' and 'You've Made Your Bed (So Sleep In It)'. They just show that the band have grown up alot since the demo's were done. Alot of fans were taken back on the album versions of the demo's, because they prove how the band have drifted further away from their roots. Take Off Your Colours also features the bands first ever recorded attempt at a ballad. 'Always Attract', said to feature Josh's sister on vocals with him, is something so far away from anything else on the album, and is the only song to feature any acoustic guitar, but You Me At Six manage to pull this one off perfectly, and they really seem in their comfort zone with this.

The guitars on this album are nothing special, but they get the job done and they stand out, but if you really listen to them, you'll see that the guitars don't separate them from any other pop-punk band around. The drums are often upbeat and to the point and the lyrics are sometimes witty but alot of the time, angsty.

As much as this is a good album, it's hard to see where the band could go from here. It may be a pessimistic opinion, but I cannot see the band writing anything else that won't remind me of a song from Take Off Your Colours. So what is next for You Me At Six? I reckon they'll be a hell of a lot of tours, some TV appearances, a few Kerrang awards, and then they'll quit. Or, they'll bring out another album that is nothing special or powerful. Whatever they do, it is pretty hard to see them at the top with album number 5 in a few years time.



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marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Won't read this because your paragraphs are baby sized and you just posted another review that is still on the front page

fireaboveicebelow
October 22nd 2008



6837 Comments


people need to wait to post reviews until their other one is off the front page

JOM PUT THAT DISCLAIMER AT THE TOP OF THE SITE KTHANKS

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Wow.. Didn't you stop to think that I've written these a while ago and haven't had a decent enough net connection to post them up lately?



fireaboveicebelow
October 22nd 2008



6837 Comments


patience is a virtue, rage isn't

Bleak123
October 22nd 2008



1902 Comments


I stopped and thought about that as a possibility. I also considered that you're a giant faget. No offense ...;)

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Hmm.. Interesting..



marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Its just about being considerate to other writers...

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Okay well fair enough.

I didn't think my review was still on the front page, I posted it ages ago.

So, therefore, I apologise.

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Yes but it was early this morning. -_-

So please, chill the F*ck out it's not that big of a deal.

fireaboveicebelow
October 22nd 2008



6837 Comments


there's this thing called Rapid Eye Movement....and that occurs when you're sleeping, so if you can move your eyes that fast when you sleep, surely you could gander around the front to see if you're all clear

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Dude the community doesn't write that fast...especially early in the morning...we are mostly creatures of the night...

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Like I said, I wrote the Enter Shikari one a few days ago, haven't had a good enough internet connection, so I posted it this morning when I got up and have spent the rest of the day writing the You Me At Six one..

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


RE: Reddannihilation


I don't know, it's just the way I write.

Bleak123
October 22nd 2008



1902 Comments


It's not that big of a deal guys, we've told him once, he's apologised so now just shut the fuck up about him having posted two reviews the same day.This Message Edited On 10.22.08

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Well I'm done...WonderPets is on...

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Yeah "He" has.

Lol.

Well that is the officially the first time I've been mistaken for a dude.

I'm a girl, my names Vikki. =]

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Well now it makes sense...
lolz jkz jkz...
Ok but more to the point...the review isn't bad...only thing is you should probably try to go into a little more detail about the overall sound of the album...around here just saying "pop punk" a few times isn't really enough detail to really get across what it sounds like...also since there are only 4 ratings its pretty obvious not a whole lot of people are familiar with the band, so referring to their demos doesn't really help the vast majority of readers (believe me I made that mistake before)...

ArmyOfRage
October 22nd 2008



230 Comments


Ahh okay.

Thanks for the pointers. I've realised my mistake made is that most the people who've heard their demo's are British, and then just realised that most the people on the internet are not.

I may just do a re-write of this once I've listened to the album alot more.

fireaboveicebelow
October 22nd 2008



6837 Comments


haha it took 20 comments until someone mentioned the actual review...aw dammit it's a good review too, kinda feel bad now that I'm not bitter anymore, have a pos

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008



4848 Comments


Ah the British...there aren't a whole lot of Limeys around here that I'm aware of...



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