Although there isn't quite the same instant
guitar pop appeal here that made albums like Hi Fi way and
Hourly, Daily such favourites, there is a lot about Deliverance
that suggests You Am I have taken the next step and attempted
to offer up something much harder.
This record sounds less like a reflection
of You Am I's influences - as past efforts have had a slight
tendency to do - and more like a unique band who have finally
been able to bare their creative soul to the world.
The difference is subtle, but a track
like the pumping pub-friendly rocker "Who Put The Devil
In You" smacks of You Am I, without the "Oh, they're
just aping so-and-so overtones. The same is true of the
laid back guitar pop in "Ribbons and Bows" - it
still feels classic, but this time it's classic You Am I,
not You Am I doing classic rock.
The other impressive aspect of Deliverance
is the fact that it finally achieves the ideal balance between
the introverted, esoteric musings of Hourly Daily and the
more raucous Hi Fi Way. Although the group's last effort
Dress Me Slowly, began to find this middle ground, Deliverance
has mastered it.
If I was to be picky, I would say Tim
Rogers still needs to drink much cheaper scotch and smoke
a lot of strong cigarettes to get the right growl in his
voice, but that might not be the best advice to offer a
proud father. Nonetheless, his songwriting is still good
enough to carry the show.