Finally....You Am I have come
back with another rockin' record
Finally You Am I have come back to our
hearts. It has taken over three years and a couple of producers,
but You Am I have dawdled (for want of a better word) their
way back into the Australian music scene with their fifth
studio release Dress Me Slowly. This album furthers what
the four previous You Am I records have done. Sending the
Sydney band towards greatness – if they haven’t
already made it there yet.
Dress Me Slowly borrows a little from
each previous You Am I album yet at the same time symbolises
the band’s progression as musicians and songwriters.
When one mentions You Am I’s music, the word heart
must be referred to once again, because it is blatantly
obvious that is where the songs originated. Singer Tim Rodgers
has the capability to convey that ever-present feeling of
‘now’ to his audience in his writing, yet still
keeping it personal and more importantly real. Judge Roy
serves as an excellent, “How are you doing guys –
it’s been a while” album opener for You Am I
fans. The track bears a slight resemblance to Cathy’s
Clown – maybe without the catchy chorus. What is clear
on Dress Me Slowly is that bowing to what “the powers
that be” deem to be a catchy tune meant little to
You Am I. Rather the aim was to produce a fantastic rock
album. They succeeded.
With Get Up we see a small return to times
past. The song is one of the heavier sounding tracks on
the album. Perhaps the finest moment on the Dress Me Slowly
lies in the beautiful melodic and (whoops, sorry guys it
is) catchy, Beautiful Girl which probably bears the closest
resemblance to a pop song on this album. With the infectious
chorus, “Keeping up with the beautiful girl”,
permeating through the track, Rodgers again, as with most
of his songs, seems to find a way to convey a seeming lifelessness
in love. Or there is life somewhere – only Tim knows.
Again on Damage, a song picked up on heavily by Triple J,
and for good reason - the overall product is a masterpiece.
Rodgers lyrics make the feeling of loss, despair and being
a loser seem so fucking cool.
The album is strengthened with You Am
I’s latest addition David Lane. The second guitar
provides scope and variation to You Am I’s songs.
On a couple of tracks there is even a hint of some of Rodgers’
solo work and the combining forces conspire to make one
very fine album.