Album Review: VI by You Me At Six

Posted by Bianca on Friday Oct 5, 2018 Under Album Review

Review by David Stone

Simplistically titled but thoughtfully curated, VI is the sixth studio offering from Surrey-based pop-rockers You Me At Six, an album that’s aiming to re-position the band within the minds of fans and detractors alike.

The five-piece claim to have gone all out with this record in an effort to erase the bad taste left from 2017’s disappointing Night People, choosing to eschew playing it safe in favour of displaying their diversity and setting their creativity loose.

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Reinvention isn’t the easiest route to take for a band approaching their 15th year, but that intention is evident from the first notes of the opening track, Fast Forward. It’s an opener that’ll be immediately eyebrow-raising to anyone familiar with the bands most popular work, evoking vivid memories of 90s grunge. A laid-back opening beat quickly devolves into darkness, with raging guitars and growling vocals punctuated by a repeated war-cry in the chorus:

“When you feel the fire has gone / Pour some gasoline on.”

It’s an explosive introduction to the band’s new vision. A real ‘get in your face’ moment that’s guaranteed to catch your attention; but ultimately that’s as heavy as VI gets.

From there, the album quickly mellows out towards a more mainstream pop sound, with plenty of danceable radio-friendly pop tracks tinted with other genres; all contributing to an album that’s genuinely enjoyable, but totally not what you’d expect from You Me At Six.

Throw away any preconceptions and go in with an open mind. For a band looking to shake things up, this could be the risk that pays off.

VI – released 5th October 2018.

Track listing
1. Fast Forward
2. Straight To My Head
3. Back Again
4. Miracle In The Mourning
5. 3AM
6. I O U
7. Pray For Me
8. Predictable
9. Danger
10. Losing You

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Upcoming dates – album release shows/in-stores:
6th October: Rough Trade East, London
7th October: Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
8th October: HMV, Birmingham
8th October: Jacaranda Records Phase One, Liverpool
9th October: HMV, Manchester
9th October: Action, Preston
10th October: Jumbo Records, Leeds
11th October: HMV Argyle Street, Glasgow

UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
Nov 21st – Leeds, O2 Academy (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Nov 22nd – Birmingham, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
Nov 23rd – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Nov 24th – Manchester, Victoria Warehouse (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Nov 26th – Newcastle, O2 Academy (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Nov 27th – Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
Nov 28th – Glasgow, Barrowland (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Nov 30th – London, O2 Academy Brixton (SOLD OUT)
Dec 1st – Cardiff, University Great Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec 2nd – London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Dec 3rd – London, O2 Academy Brixton (TOYC)
Dec 6th – Bournemouth, O2 Academy (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Dec 7th – Sheffield, O2 Academy (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Dec 8th – Norwich, UEA (TOYC – SOLD OUT)
Dec 9th – Nottingham, Rock City (TOYC – SOLD OUT)

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