Review Summary: This album does show maturity from the band but not enough to branch out from there colleages or the genre itself
So after a year and a handfull of disagreements between the band members, You Me At Six release their third album.
To start I don't think this album isn't really that different from the past two albums, but a conjunction of both with a more mature sound.
The album opens up with "Loverboy", and it's one of the songs that seems that could have been released in "Hold Me Down" next to "The First Thing" that is basically "Stay With Me 2.0", one thing of note that is noticed troughout this album is Josh Franceschi's rougher voice that is noticed in a variety of songs like in "Time is Money" in the second part of the chorus (And if I looked hard/ If I looked hard enough) and in "Jaws On The Floor" (I smile at all my enemies/ I lead a life of positivity/I deflect curses thrown my away/I regret not saying")
There's about four ballads in the album that do display some maturity from the band, (even if all of them speak about losing someone you love) "No One Does It Better", "Crash", "Little Bit Of Truth" and "When We Were Younger", being the latter the album closer.
The ballads do show signs of maturity, song like "No One Does It Better" and "Crash" build up a tempo until reaching the catchy chorus that YMAS is know for, though the other two ballads aren't that memorable and will probably skipped after a few listens, especially with "When We Were Younger" clocking at 6:10m that just go dull after the mid-section.
Moving from the ballads and into a more hardcore-ish zone with help of special guests Oli Sykes (Bring me the horizon) and Winston McCall (Parkway Drive), YMAS give you "Bite My Tongue" and "Time Is Money" respectively.
The lyricism in these songs move away from teenage love, and that's a good thing since alot of songs in this album talk about that, there is also a few semi-heavy breakdowns in these.
In conclusion this album does show maturity from the band but not enough to branch out from there colleages or the genre itself.