You Am I - The Lives Of Others

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The Lives Of Others is the eleventh studio album by Australian alternative rock band You Am I, released in May 2021 via You Am I and Caroline Australia.

You Am I were formed in Sydney in 1989 by Tim Rogers on vocals, guitar, mellotron and Hammond organ. They are the first Australian band to have released three successive albums, which have each debuted at the number-one position on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. The current line up of the band is Tim Rogers, Davey Lane (guitars, vocals), Andy Kent (bass) and Rusty Hopkinson (drums).

“Edinburgh, Galway, Nashville, Ulladulla / Breakin’ my heart / In four places.”

That’s quite a trip even for a group that has toured the world, climbed the heights and survived the trials that playing in a rock’n’roll band can bring.

The lines are from “The Waterboy”, the opening track of You Am I’s latest studio album, The Lives of Others.

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. This one is right up there with them.

“The Waterboy” is a song about inspiration, being lifted up by a song, wondering if and how there was still a way to find a way forward in music. The conclusion is there for all to hear in the song (“Ventricle, aorta, muscle and blood / Building a heart in four places”) and right through these 12 pulsing tracks.

Rogers wasn’t thinking of “The Waterboy” as a song for the band when he wrote it. At the time he didn’t even know if there would be another You Am I record.

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.

This album is a limited edition on “pinot-gris” tinted coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert, pressed in Australia via You Am I and Caroline.

(12277)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

The Waterboy

3:45

A2

The Third Level

4:04

A3

Rosedale Redux

3:56

A4

Manliness

4:17

A5

DRB Hudson

4:08

A6

We All Went Deaf Overnight

3:09

B1

Rubbish Day

5:03

B2

Readers' Comments

3:19

B3

I'm My Whole World Tonight

3:26

B4

Lookalikes

3:52

B5

Woulda Been Me

3:24

B6

The Lives Of Others

3:59

SKU 12277
Record Label You Am I
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number YAI-011-LP
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 14 May 2021
Original Release Date (Year) 14 May 2021
Barcode # 0602435867052
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, "Pinot Gris" Tinted Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert
Vinyl Colour Yellow
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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