I like You Me At Six. No, I'm not a 14 year old scene girl. This band are one of the few pop punk outfits today that actually can produce some quality songs and their debut effort proves this with some catchy and memorable rock tunes. The album isn't anything ground-breaking and some are too derivative but other than that, this is a more than decent start for the group. There's something for both pop music lovers and more rock listeners here which makes for an appealing listen.
England finally contributes something worthwhile to pop-punk with 'Take Off Your Colours', the debut LP from teenage quintet You Me At Six. While fun & consistent, the straight-forward 1st half is a little too derivative of many U.S bands. Yet, it accentuates the more diverse latter half which displays both maturity & potential. Despite the predictable lyrical themes, the songwriting is above-average and longer cuts such as acoustic ballad 'Always Attract' and closer 'The Rumour' (complete with sing-along finale) show a knack for ambitious song structure. Recommended Tracks: The Rumour, Always Attract, Jealous Minds Think Alike & If I Were In Your Shoes.
Brilliant debut from an already well-established band. Like all other bands that become known for their demo recordings before their debut LP, there are times when I wished they had stuck with the demo arrangements, but overall the album fits together marvellously. Fun songs, good instrumentation and impressive multi-harmonised vocals. Though there is a weak track here and there, the 'epic' closer that is The Rumour will leave a tingle or two.