You Me At Six
Sinners Never Sleep


2.5
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by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
October 15th, 2011 | 66 replies | 15,559 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You Me At Six try to mature their sound, but fail to make the distance

With their first two albums, 2008’s Take Off Your Colours and 2010’s Hold Me Down, You Me At Six (especially with the latter) established themselves as one of the UK’s biggest pop-punk bands. Big, catchy pop-py choruses (see “Underdog”) and songs about love got them support slots with the likes of Paramore and We The Kings. Their music didn’t bring anything new to the table, but it was harmless and generally enjoyable.

Now, however, they want to change that; or so they claim. Determined to rebrand themselves as a rock band, rather than just a pop-punk one, You Me At Six have tried to rebrand their sound. Take their old one, add thicker harmonies, slightly less catchy vocals, the odd F-bomb here and there, a couple of guest appearances from the band’s metalcore buddies, an album title with the word “Sinners” in it and an artwork representing that, and you have You Me At Six’s third album, Sinners Never Sleep. It almost makes you want to ruffle their hair and go “Aww, bless”.

Despite all these appearances though, You Me At Six still seem to be attached to their old pop-punk sound. The power chords, big choruses (“Loverboy”) and soppy lyrics from before are still here; in spades. In short, it feels as if Sinners Never Sleep is representing You Me At Six in the middle of an identity crisis. Although they appear to want to mature their sound, they don’t seem to be sure how to go about it. This leaves the album with no real purpose or aim. When You Me At Six want to go for a more rock-orientated part, they take away the upbeat, excitable nature of their first two albums but don’t do much with what’s left, leaving an empty shell of a song with nothing but thick power chords and half-arsed melodies. When they try to revert back to their pop-punk sound, it gets restrained from unleashing its full potential in case it compromises You Me At Six’s attempts to renovate themselves. This leaves the album, as a whole, pretty boring. When they want to go for a more rock-y edge they don’t develop it, and their pop sentimentalities are stifled.

As a whole the album feels stale and tacky- in some places (most notably “Time Is Money”) downright laughable. It’s only on the rare occasions that You Me At Six marry their two sounds together perfectly that the album’s full potential can be heard. Take, for example, “Little Death”, the album’s highlight. Brimming with energy and catchy hooks but spicing it with a harsher, darker edge, this is what the rest of the album could have, but failed, to achieve. Other songs almost reach this balance, but fall just short. “Bite My Tongue” and “Reckless” both have great hooks and the heavy edge, but the latter holds them back rather than working in unison to amplify the power of the song.

In some places, Sinners Never Sleep delights. “Little Death” is its gem, a short 3m11s piece of music that overshadows practically the whole of the rest of the album. “When We Were Younger” is a slow, sad yet pristine song which although out of place with the rest of the songs, shows yet more of You Me At Six’s potential and brings the album to a great close. On the whole though, the album Sinners Never Sleep seems musically indecisive, making it, bar a few (too few) glorious moments, boring.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011



21790 Comments


Had to publish this in a bit of a rush so any criticisms are, as always, welcome and I'll make edits at a later date.

a bit stuck between a 2.5 and a 3.

probably worth mentioning that these guys' vocalist's guest appearance on the latest BMTH album was 100x better than Oli Sykes' one on this

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sspedding
October 15th 2011



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i used to not mind these but this is really poor. The guest vocals are so unfitting they are hilariously bad.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011



21790 Comments


Yeah, definitely.

sspedding
October 15th 2011



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

totally agree about the hooks being stale, good ones are so few and far between. Good review. Pos.

sspedding
October 15th 2011



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I like Franceschi. Hes a really good vocalist who has improved significantly since they started out. I just don't find much good about this.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011



50093 Comments


Band name is confusing

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011



6438 Comments


Saw this guys live once, wasn't impressed...

Good review, man!

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tapitforever
October 15th 2011



1243 Comments


really like his voice

Sanders
October 15th 2011



2345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

He has a good voice and they're sweet live, but this album is just the definition of average.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011



7326 Comments


Surprised by how low-key this has been. I might check it out due to curiosity.

AtavanHalen
October 15th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never listened to an album of these guys before, but I think this is great. Catchy as fuck.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was gonna review this, but got sidetracked... Nice work Fishy. Will still give this a listen and check back in when I do. The "identity crisis" line tends to ring true though, as didn't they also release a stand-alone single with a hip-hop or R'n'B act?

AtavanHalen
October 15th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The song CK is thinking of is with Chiddy Bang. I really liked it.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2011



21790 Comments


I didn't know about that song.
they seem to hang around a lot of metalcore bands. it reminds me of me when I hang around my smoker friends but I don't smoke so I just stand there awkwardly.

yeah his voice is good but it's pretty boring. his vocal performances on When We Were Younger and the bmth song he guested on are pretty sweet though

And yeah i've been surprised by the lack of press and attention this has gotten compared to hold me down. I was surprised when I found out that this charted at #3 in the UK.
the really great moments on this make me wanna bump it up but the majority of the album is just so uninteresting

Sanders
October 16th 2011



2345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeeLLuFK09I

That's the one with Chiddy Bang. If you think this one's catchy Atavan, check out their previous two LPs, they're more catchy imo.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I especially liked the latter half of their debut.

Titan50
October 16th 2011



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tumblr has made me hate this band

IfYouRun
October 16th 2011



291 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I gotta admit, i love Loverboy, Bite My Tongue, Little Death, No One Does It Better and Crash. Kind of disapointed there's no song on there that connected like Fireworks still does. That song has caused to shed many tears. Crash is good but isn't quite there. Also, Winston's guest appearance feels stuck on, where as Oli's is actually quite good tbh.

sspedding
October 16th 2011



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

the guest appearances are hilariously bad.

AtavanHalen
October 16th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tumblr has made me hate this band


What, an inanimate object forced you to not like something? Eat a dick.



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