You Tell Me

You Tell Me - You Tell Me
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #14 / 14
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2019 Ratings: #21
January 11, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
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.

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.
Beautiful, lavish production, but the vocals are pretty much generic art pop, and the songwriting isn't that complex either, despite having some nice choruses and verses here and there.

Favorites: Enough to Notice, Get Out of the Room, Foreign Parts, Water Cooler, Clarion Call, Josuka, Kabuki

Worst: No Hurry
Sarah Hayes brings out the best in Peter on this You Tell Me project, making for some of the catchiest and most refined tracks in either of their catalogues. But the lows are low, and some of the softer tunes here are laborious to get through.

Give A Listen To: “Enough To Notice”, “Get Out Of The Room”, “Water Cooler”, “Clarion Call”, “Invisible Ink”

Least Favorite Track: “No Hurry”
You Tell Me's LP feels like, you know there's something. It's there, but ok, just keep going like nothing happened at all. Nothing outstanding.
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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