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Podcast Episode
Season
Nine
number
437
Type
Album Review
Post Date
5/28/2019

You Am I

437 Hi Fi Way by You Am I

Hi Fi Way

Label
rooArt Records, Warner Brothers
Release year
1994
Producer
Lee Ranaldo
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You Am I find the alternative rock sweet spot on their tightly constructed but organic 1995 sophomore album Hi Fi Way

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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.

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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

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