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.