After their second album, the Surrey-based English band You Me At Six almost reached the point of complete implosion. Luckily for us listeners, they did not. But, even better, the drama and tough times that surrounded the band inspired the subject-matter of their newest album, Sinners Never Sleep, which marks the band's shift from a typical pop-punk sound to that which is much more mature.
Really, this album caught be by complete surprise. I've enjoyed You Me At Six's previous albums, Take Off Your Colours and Hold Me Down, but they never stood out among many of the other good pop-punk albums. However, I was immediately drawn in by Sinners Never Sleep. The transition to a mature rock sound and the deeper lyrics really made this album feel fresh and enjoyable. But, don't be worried, elements from their previous albums are also still retained throughout the album.
Sinners Never Sleep features some of the most aggressive songs ever written by You Me At Six. For example, Josh Franceschi lets loose all of his past anger towards his band mates (and vice versa) in "Bite My Tongue", which also features Oli Sykes, the frontman of Bring Me the Horizon, adding some biting screams to an already hard and heavy song. "Time is Money", featuring Parkway Drive's Winston McCall, is probably the most hardcore song this band has ever written. However, rest assured, there are plenty of catchy tunes that feel a bit more like the old You Me At Six. Album opener, "Loverboy", has all the catchy anthemic melodies that one would expect from You Me At Six. "Jaws on the Floor" and "Reckless" also have some of the most catchy choruses on the album.
On the brink of implosion, You Me At Six were able to turn things around and survive, and with this survival, they managed to write the best album of their careers. Those who only liked them for their pop-punk elements may be a bit disappointed by this album, but I found myself really liking the songs which showed their new direction much, much more. Definitely check 'em out!