You Tell Me

You Tell Me - You Tell Me
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #516 / 649
User Score
Based on 92 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1188
January 11, 2019 / Release Date
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Memphis Industries / Label
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It’s a remarkably assured album that shines light on Hayes as an artist of note while further enhancing Brewis’ reputation as an irrepressible source of creativity. It might only be January but this is an album that will bring joy right up to the end of the year and beyond.

You Tell Me encourages listeners to reflect upon their own inner dialogues, while providing the soundtrack to life in all its complexity.

The Skinny

You Tell Me is probably at its peak when it leans further towards these pacey, pop-infused moments. However, the handful of tracks that stray into ballad territory are still often striking.

The Guardian

You Tell Me is an unpindownable record: familiar enough to sound comforting, but new enough to pique your interest and make you listen for the way forms have been taken and bent.


The languid pace that they lend to the majority of the songs here suits them just fine, but put up against the peppier numbers, you may long for a bit more variation. At the same time, You Tell Me concocts such a spell with their debut that the journey will still delight and intoxicate.

The 405

A masterfully pulled together collection, as you would expect from artists each with their own lengthy playbook. The pair of artists never seek to wrest the listener out of their thoughtful enjoyment of what is a very enjoyable, and very thoughtful record.


You Tell Me is a collaboration between Field Music's Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes that has all the chamber pop richness of the former's band, but adds a tenderness and simplicity that helps make their debut album something Field Music-ish but different enough to stand on its own.


There isn’t much range across the record; the last few tracks merge into one. Which is disappointing given Peter’s track record for one, but overall there are plenty of highs and the downsides should be sorted by the next instalment.

The Observer

These are mature, classy songs. They’re also abuzz with the thrill of a bright new musical friendship.

Loud and Quiet

Too frequently this album is a little less than the sum of its parts. Uneven, but occasionally charming.

God Is in the TV

There’s no doubt that Messrs Brewis and Hayes are talented songwriters with a desire to experiment. But on the evidence here, at the risk of sounding harsh, the tendency is to say ‘don’t give up the day jobs.’ Alternatively, develop the ideas more carefully next time.

Hay varias cosas potencialmente interesantes pasando en el homónimo de You Tell Me, mas ninguna de ellas se sincroniza con una incómoda mezcla y producción. La increíble voz de su líder opaca muchos de los instrumentos y las armonías se pierden en lo que podrían ser, versus como son interpretadas.

Decent 4
You Tell Me's adherence to a baroque pop aesthetic is commendable, but they make a fairly inconsistent mix of their varying influences, not all of which draw a distinct line between homage and pastiche.
It’s alright for the most part. The baroque-indie pop sound is pretty cool and the lyrics can be well-written but it’s nothing I’ll remember nor is it anything that I’ll return to. Overall, pretty standard indie stuff.

Fav Tracks: No Hurry, Water Cooler, Enough To Notice, Springburn, Jouska

Least Fav Track: Get Out Of The Room


What kind of music is this? Genuine question lol. Art pop? Orchestral Folk? Baroque Indie? I don't know man... with a quiet and mellow tone, I believe that this album serves well to those who have an undefined music taste (whatever that means, it sounds right). Some chord progressions are pretty original and silly, and it definitely adds more of an indie feel to this project. Takes a while to pick-up, but chill and thoughtful lyrics make up for it. You know what? It's pretty cool, but ... read more
I tend to be very forgiving of new projects like this. However, I would never expect exactly how bland and uninteresting this record would be. Sure, it is beautiful at times, but it doesn't do anything for me. Maybe I am just cold inside?

This doesn't evoke anything. And as Marie Kondo once said "If it does not spark joy, review the album negatively" ..or something like that.
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Track List

  1. Enough to Notice
  2. Get Out of the Room
  3. Foreign Parts
  4. Water Cooler
  5. Springburn
  6. No Hurry
  7. Clarion Call
  8. Jouska
  9. Invisible Ink
  10. Starting Point
  11. Kabuki
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Added on: October 24, 2018