Pre-orders for Sinners Never Sleep are being made faster than ever, and rightly so; this album is everything You Me At Six has always been, plus more (and I’m not just referring to the multiple guest vocalists). With catchy melodies, creative lead guitar, the usual clever lyrics and more, I don’t know who could resist this new release.
The 12-track album begins with their single “Loverboy.” This song is full of a mood similar to that shown in their previous song “You’ve Made Your Bed,” and is just as – if not more – catchy, which is something you will have to get used to whilst listening to SNS, because every song has a hook. In this case, “Loverboy” begins with group vocals – an inclusive way to begin the album – and shortly after, the bass and guitar come in with an eerily taunting riff that sets the mood spot-on.
When it comes to mood, however, the third track, “Bite My Tongue,” is all the more teeth-gritting. Josh Franceschi’s vocals are top-notch emotionally in this song. They are not only singing melodies that will get stuck in your head, but they also showcase grit – just the beginning to the heaviness in the following 3:42, seeing as Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes makes his presence known in the very well built-up breakdown, a two-stepping good time.
Sykes isn’t the only guest vocalist appearing in the album, either. When Franceschi said some songs could be compared to Parkway Drive, he was speaking more literally than anything else, because vocalist Winston McCall steps up to the plate in “Time is Money,” which, thanks to him, has a pretty intense breakdown to add to the list. The vocals aren’t the only thing to brag on in this song; the guitar work is also very well riffed. But the guitar work is well done in almost every song, notably holding down the forts in “Crash.”
One good thing about this album is that they have tracks like “Bite My Tongue,” and “Time is Money,” that make you want to destroy something by the end, and then they have tracks like “Crash,” that are heartbreakingly beautiful. Besides lead guitar, the drum work is also a leading figure in some of the songs; for instance, “Little Bit of Truth” gets going and stays going with drum rolls backed by strings that can definitely be compared to Snow Patrol (which is another band Franceschi compared to certain songs on this album).
You Me At Six really step it up a notch with creativity and catchiness in all aspects of their music in this album. Including relevant guest vocals, catchy melodies, both destructive and heart-tugging songs, Sinners Never Sleep is definitely You Me At Six’s best album to date.