You Me At Six released their new album “Cavalier Youth” on January 28, 2014 and it is the follow up to “Sinners Never Sleep,” which is a treasure in my music collection. Cavalier Youth is a fitting title for this fresh collection of songs since the themes embody the ups and downs that most adolescents experience.
I adore the band’s previous release, “Sinners Never Sleep” because it is the ideal balance of intensity (showcased on “Bite My Tongue” and “Time Is Money”) and vulnerability (conveyed on “When We Were Younger” and “Little Bit of Truth”). It covers a wide range of tempos and subject matters, making it the quintessential soundtrack to replay 24/7.
The band’s most recent release still finds equilibrium between the two moods but heavy elements are more widespread and are featured in moderation. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the change since You Me At Six still embrace their distinct rock n roll flair.
Lyrically, it seems like the band took an introverted, self-reflective standpoint that remains consistent throughout the track list. Each song is like an organized stream of consciousness straight from Josh’s mind, as if he is reflecting on his youth and the emotions he experienced. He talks about the endless possibilities of life on “Carpe Diem” and he also explores the opposite topic of inevitable death on “Wild Ones.” The recurring line “Are we gonna live forever? No.” may cause a stir of heavy thoughts for some listeners.
There are some songs lacking lyrical depth, but they have catchy choruses and melodies to compensate. “Lived A Lie” and “Hope For The Best” are incredibly anthemic and their choruses are unforgettable. My favorite track is “Room To Breathe” because of its dark, powerful tone. I would also like to commend the band for their not-so-subtle nod to The Hunger Games during “Win Some, Lose Some!”
“Carpe Diem” is the only dud; the lyrics are too corny and cliché for my taste. The phrase is already overused on Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters graphic tees; they could have chosen a more original motto to repeatedly cheer during this chorus.
Overall, “Cavalier Youth” leaves me with a feeling of empowerment and freedom, especially since I am a young adult experiencing a transitional period in my life. These tunes have an effortless and light vibe but they can also be thought provoking. If you are looking for an exact replica of “Sinners Never Sleep,” you will probably be disappointed. Keep your mind open and this could become your new go-to album. You Me At Six have grown and evolved and I am happy with the direction they are going in. I give Cavalier Youth a 4/5!
Pick up a copy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cavalier-youth-deluxe-edition/id743981490
Check out our interview with You Me At Six: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f8LwL74bXc