Oz heroes mixed bag of a second
album turned around in record time.
If You Am I's plan, with this - a perversly
rapid second album considering the last took three - was
to create the ultimate rock & roll record, then they've
failed miserably. If they were, however, aiming to come
off like a mixed bag at a jumble sale, it couldn't be more
on the money. A motley crew of dispirited cello and moody
piano, hand-in-hand with the customary blistering guitar
asthetics, makes Tim Rogers' exact manifesto this time round
all the more puzzling.
Tracks like the first single "Who Put The Devil In
You" (Cue handclaps) are classic, sweaty, cartwheeling,
riff-heavy You Am I, boyed by the bluesy singalong "One
Trick Tony" and "Nifty 'Lil Number Like You",
which degenerates completely into alt-country territory.
"City Lights" swoons about true love like a forgotten
My Friend The Chocolate Cake melody, while "Nothin's
Gonna Be The Same Again" is all blazing wah-wah guitar,
with a rocky Espanol swagger and Rogers' euphoria over fatherhood
at the heart of it.
You Am I gave themselves weeks to rehearse and record Deliverance
- and in turn produced their most gloriously diverse and
inconsistent album to date. Is it all part of a new master
plan? Who cares? It's all worked out handsomely in the end.