📬 Get the Newsletter: Weekly podcasts, 'History of the Band' articles, new music reviews & more

Podcast Episode
Album Review
Post Date

You Am I

437 Hi Fi Way by You Am I

Hi Fi Way

rooArt Records, Warner Brothers
Release year
Lee Ranaldo

You Am I find the alternative rock sweet spot on their tightly constructed but organic 1995 sophomore album Hi Fi Way

Author & Special Guests

We often discuss production as an aspect of what makes a record sound good to our ears, but the truth is that different styles of music often demand different production choices. On the 1995 sophomore album Hi Fi Way by You Am I, terms like organic or immediate get tossed around to describe the sound of a band that gives a performance not fussed over, but clearly considered. With Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo behind the board, the band gets the most of out their limited recording schedule, as every instrument gets a chance to shine with minimal overdubs and effects. While other 90s alternative rock bands might have taken the opportunity to layer track upon track or head down indulgent tangents, You Am I focus on melody and concise song structures, resulting in an album that surpasses their debut in every way.

Coming soon

We haven't reviewed this record yet. However, you can compell us to grab our shovels and dig it out. Request a review and we'll devote a full episode to discussing this album. Heck we might even invite you on as a guest. Support the show and help rock fans discover a lost album of the 90's.

Patreon: $2.50 a month

Support us for the year (12 consecutive months), and you’ll be rewarded with an album review for 2017 that you can join us to talk about.

Visit Patreon

PayPal Donation: $30.00

This is the fastest option to get your recommendation on the show. Make a donation and put the artist and album title in the payment comments. We’ll follow up with any questions and let you know the episode release date.


Dig ME Out - 90s Rock review

Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Songs in this episode

  • Intro - She Digs Her
  • 11:43 - The Applecross Wing Commander
  • 15:15 - Handwasher
  • 19:19 - Pizza Guy
  • 26:45 - Ain't Gone And Open
  • Outro - Jewels And Bullets

Follow us to know when this episode is available

We are a weekly podcast with new episodes published every Tuesday morning. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or your favorite podcast app to get new episode delivered to you. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for episode releases, previews and 90's rock news.

View in iTunes
Social media


Spotify playlist for this episode

Hi Fi Way