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You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep (2011 LP)

On my first listen of You Me At Six’s third album Sinners Never Sleep, I was not blown away. I was ‘keen as beans’ to put it lightly when I got my hot little hands on this highly anticipated release. However, it takes a few good runs for this album to really become something worthwhile. The first thought that entered my mind was, “this is not as good as Hold Me Down (the previous album)”. Which was kind of a letdown as I was hoping to be ‘blown away’ as previously mentioned. Nevertheless, I still love these British lads and their catchy yet gritty brand of pop punk-rock.

Opening track "Loverboy" and first single release from Sinners Never Sleep is as true as ever to the musical stylings of these Surrey natives, with catchy lyrics and melodies to match, with a little added grit thrown in for good measure. "Jaws on the Floor" leans more towards the light and whimsical, well, as light and whimsical as you can get with punk-rock. "Bite My Tongue" is the first of two tracks that feature a guest vocalist, with this track co-starring Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Initially I was not partial to the tracks featuring the more ‘screamo’ affiliation, but, by some miracle or what have you, by the third or fourth listen I actually quite enjoyed them. "Time Is Money" is probably the better of the two though, featuring vocals (well, screaming) from Winston McCall of Parkway Drive fame. Out of all the tracks though, "Reckless" would be the stand out. It is the right balance of everything. Punk-tastic, if you will.

"The Dilemma" is an awesome and quirky tune, reminiscent of early Panic! at the Disco mixed with a little of "Fences" by Paramore. I'd be interested to see a lot more tracks like his in the future. The album is capped of with eerie "When We Were Younger". There is far too much build up and not enough bang in this track. You just want it to explode but it just doesn't.

If you are new to You Me At Six, I recommend you start at the beginning. This album is by no means terrible, but go back to the start (Take Off Your Colours and Hold Me Down) and you will appreciate them more for sure. It seems this is a more grown-up album, but I don't won't them to grow up. However, I digress, this album needs a few listens at least, so take the time to do so, you won't regret it, I promise.

Review Score: 7/10