Of their many charms, one of the sweetest
things about You Am I is the way their albums have shown
another side to the dynamic power-three-pack action you
get from them live. Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily remain two
of the finest and most delicate slabs of plastic prodused
by a local band this decade, perhaps ever. With their #4
Record, You Am I has turned everything upside down, inside
This is the livest and rockiest You Am
I has sounded in the studio since their raw Sound As Ever
debut. One imagines the intent was for the music to have
a more direct impact on listeners.
The effect is quite the opposite.
It takes several spins for the pub rock
veneer of the production to dissipate and the beauty of
Tim Rogers' gifted songwriting abilities to surface through
the noise. As we've com to expect, the songs are indeed
as sound as ever (the ballad Heavy Heart with it's dour
observation "I'm like a water-logged ball that no one
wants to kick around any more" is simply brilliant)
and the playing exceptional. That said, you still get the
feeling that a few years down the line, it's #2 or #3 you'll
be reaching for off the shelf before ever contemplating
picking up #4.