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You Am I

The Lives Of Others (Pinot Gris Coloured LP)

You Am I

You Am I fans know how many great songs Tim Rogers has written since the band released their debut album Sound As Ever in 1993. You Am I’s 11th studio album, The Lives of Others. You is right up there with them.

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.

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
4. Manliness
5. DRB Hudson
6. We All Went Deaf Overnight
7. Rubbish Day
8. Readers’ Comments
9. I’m My Whole World Tonight
10. Lookalikes
11. Woulda Been Me
12. The Lives Of Others