Upon my initial listen I felt a bit underwhelmed but still like there was something I wasn’t quite grasping (I blame this in part in having to listen in segments). However, when I was able to listen to the album as a whole, it clicked. The name of this album truly does it justice.
The album opens with “Nice To Me” which as an album opener I felt it was a bit lacking to draw me in. Musically, it is tight and has a good intro, but the lyrics seemed to be a bit lacking for my taste. “MAKEMEFEELALIVE” follows and is the lead single for the album. For a single it ends rather abruptly, but it helps set the tone for what is to come.
“Beautiful Way” is where the album finds it footing that carries throughout the reminder of the album. Released as the second single, it is well crafted and drives home a well put, albeit explicit, acknowledgment that we’re all “f****d up in a beautiful way.” We all have our own flaws, but there is still beauty in spite of said flaws, and this track portrays that well. The tempo then drops a bit with “WYDRN,” but it fits very well between “Beautiful Way” and the third single (and title track) “SUCKAPUNCH.”
“SUCKAPUNCH” is one of those songs that just builds and makes you want to move. I can easily see this becoming a club favorite when clubs are able to open again. “Kill The Mood” follows and almost does what the title suggests. With it following the energetic “SUCKAPUNCH” it almost feels a bit out of place, but with “Glasgow” following, it is a necessary downshift. “Glasgow” is probably one of the best crafted songs on the album both musically and lyrically, and I honestly feel it a shame that it hasn’t gotten the single treatment, as it is a good contrast to the previously mentioned singles.
The fourth (and final?) single “Adrenaline” follows and picks the tempo back up, but still feels a bit lackluster for being a single. From there the album rounds out with “Voicenotes,” “Finish What I Started,” and “What’s It Like.” These all are great tracks in their own right, but they kind of get lost at the end of the album.
Overall, SUCKAPUNCH is a great album with only a mild amount of what could be considered “fluff.” It’s definitely meant to be listened to as a whole but still works if it has to be broken down into segments for whatever reason. It’s good to see a band like You Me At Six still going strong after twelve years, and I look forward to seeing what they can do next.
SUCKAPUNCH is available now on all major streaming platforms or visit the You Me At Six web-store to purchase a physical copy.