You Am I
The Lives Of Others (Limited Edition Spearmint Tinted LP)
The Lives of Others is the eleventh studio album by the Australian rock band You Am I, released in 2021.
Many of these songs were written on a 2019 trip to the New South Wales south coast, where the band would rehearse when they were starting out in late 1989.
Anyone who loves classic You Am I albums like Hi Fi Way, Hourly, Daily, #4 Record and Dress Me Slowly will recognise the spirit in these tracks as well as the care and craft behind the songwriting and recording.
The songs range wide, from questions about what it means to be a man ("Manliness") to avoiding opinion overload ("Readers' Comments"). And the delights of "Lookalikes", which will be the only song you hear this year to find a link between George Orwell, Mackenzie Phillips and Bette Davis.
The Lives of Others is a sonic as well as emotional ride, from the psych outro of "DRB Hudson" to the unmissable hooks and walking-in-Paris lope of "The Third Level" and the rush of "Rosedale Redux", where Russell Hopkinson and Andy Kent set the scene for electric guitars that are as beautiful and brutal as anything from '93.
Davey Lane's contribution is central, from his recording skills to the inventive guitar explosions of "Rubbish Day" and the songs he writes and sings, the crunchy glam of "We All Went Deaf Overnight" and the '60s-flavoured melodies of "I'm My Whole World Tonight".
The album closes with the tension and release of the title tune, the kind of song you can imagine closing a triumphant You Am I gig as soon as such a thing is possible.
1. The Waterboy
2. The Third Level
3. Rosedale Redux
5. DRB Hudson
6. We All Went Deaf Overnight
7. Rubbish Day
8. Readers Comments
9. Im My Whole World Tonight
11. Woulda Been Me
12. The Lives Of Others