You Me At Six’s Cavalier Youth: Bigger guitars, bigger choruses and bigger production

24 Jan


Review: You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth (BMG)

Despite the album title’s suggestion of juvenile insouciance, the Surrey quintet’s fourth outing sees them facing age-related anxieties.

‘We’re not young any more,’ sighs Josh Franceschi on opener Too Young To Feel This Old, while final cut Wild Ones closes with the repeated question: ‘Are we gonna live forever?’

So what exactly does musical maturity hold for a band cherished for delivering carefree blasts of pop-punk?

Bigger guitars, choruses and production appear to be the answer on this hummable  if not quite unforgettable set, recorded in LA and helmed by  Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy).

There are no metalcore vocal guests to counterpoint Franceschi’s Peter-Pan quiver, as on previous album Sinners Never Sleep, but Max Helyer produces a stream of dark-wave earworm guitar lines to stop things from ever getting too blandly anthemic.

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