Album Review: You Me At Six – SUCKAPUNCH

Talk about a comeback! It’s a New Year, and a new album from You Me At Six.

Growing up, I was a massive fan of You Me At Six. I loved Hold Me Down and Sinners Never Sleep for their raw, grungy and rebellious feel. I used to think that I was such a bad ass for listening to them (ironically, though, because I was such a goodie-two-shoes).

I have to say that their past few albums didn’t really do it for me, and I hadn’t kept in the loop with their music for a bit. However, it seems that with this album, the band have truly found their flow again. They’re back with their distinctive sound, but it feels they’ve grown together at the same time.

Having first heard SUCKAPUNCH (the lead single which shares the title name of this album) at the end of last year, I was under the impression that this album was going to be a brand new sound for the band. The single is, after all, proper dance/club anthem.

Whilst SUCKAPUNCH is an INSANE tune in itself, I was glad the band didn’t veer too far from their roots in this new body of work.

Other tracks like WYDRN are a bit more toned down in comparison to the group’s earlier days, but anthems nonetheless. Kill The Mood has a dark, grungy feel to it with a bit of an indie twist. Glasgow is honest and emotional, building towards the end with a chorus of ‘stitch us back together’.

Finish Where I Started talks candidly about mental health and the closing track What’s It Like is more electronic/club/hip hop.

For me, Adrenaline has to be one of my favourites on the album (along with MAKEMEFEELALIVE and Beautiful Way). IT’S. SO. GOOD. With it’s rhythmic, whispered pre-chorus launching into a unrestrained, syncopated refrain, it’s just a belter. I can only imagine how it would sound live.

I think it’s safe to say that You Me At Six are back with a bang!

SUCKAPUNCH was released 15th January 2021 on Underdog Records.

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