Night People – Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Night People is the fifth studio album by English rock band You Me At Six. I’ve always disliked that name. For one its You ‘Meat’ Six, which makes no sense. Secondly, it just doesn’t flow off the tongue… Anyway! Before I get distracted, let’s talk about the new record.
Night People is the follow-up to 2014’s Cavalier Youth, an album that received positive reviews from fans and critics. I for one loved it. It was the bands first UK number one in the album charts as well. So I had high hopes for this new album.
Unfortunately I feel like Night People is missing something. Immediately you can feel that it doesn’t have the same drive that Cavalier Youth had. It’s not necessarily the slower songs themselves, it just lacks energy and a lot of it is ultimately forgettable and I find myself skipping tracks.
Style wise, it’s more of the same. Just not as good really. Another problem I have is with the flow of the album. Songs next to each other don’t gel together and in many ways clash with what came before it. It’s almost as if the band weren’t quite sure what kind of record they wanted to make.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good songs here. Heavy Soul, Give and Brand New would be my personal favourites. Most of the songs do have the traditionally catchy sing along elements we’ve come to expect and I’m sure they’d be great in a live situation. The production is slick too. It’s a lovely sounding record without a doubt.
Ultimately it’s not a bad album, it’s just average. There are some enjoyable songs for sure but they almost feel hidden. Still, it does enough to earn a thumbs up from me. Even if it’s not all to my liking.