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8 out of 10
Finally we have a commercially successful pop punk band from the UK, and for this alone, You Me At Six should be applauded. However, after their energetic, yet slightly generic, debut album, Take Off Your Colours, doubts remain over whether their success is more down to geography than talent. Their aforementioned debut polarised opinion and is due a re-release with five extra tracks including two new singles, the slightly disappointing ’Finders Keepers’ and this, ’Kiss and Tell’.
It will surprise no one that ’Kiss and Tell’ is about a girl and it doesn’t exactly break new ground. If you like ’Take Off Your Colours’, chances are you’ll love this. The song however, does everything the best You Me At Six songs do, a clappable intro which shifts seamlessly to a perfect sing-a-long chorus which will embed itself in your head for hours. The mildly menacing, slowed down, section towards the end draws you in beautifully before climaxing spectacularly with a further reprise of the chorus, which, even on first listen, you’ll be humming along to.
Whilst You Me At Six are inoffensive in the extreme, they sure know how to craft a tune that will get daytime radio airplay and festival crowds bouncing and singing along and that’s what makes a great pop-punk band, traversing the mainstream with a sound rooted in the underground. With more like this, arguably the best song of their fledgling career, You Me At Six have the potential to silence the doubters, and their forthcoming album, pencilled in for early 2010, should make for an interesting release.
1. Kiss And Tell