By You Me At Six
You have to hand it to You Me At Six for stepping out of their comfort zone. Unfortunately, they step out of their comfort zone, and into someplace that simply doesn't work for them.
On 'Liquid Confidence,' they muddle up the straight-up pop-punk of the choruses, with cool, indie-electro effects, which has the undesired result of diluting the unashamed fun You Me At Six can usually deliver. It just isn't as enjoyable as much of You Me At Six's back catalogue.
The verses feature a strong vocal performance from born-to-sing-pop-punk frontman Josh Franceschi, but You Me At Six underpin this with bizarre "ah-ah-ahhh-ah!" piping. It's a bravely experimental move from a band who have done fairly well from sticking to the same formula, but, really, those backing vocals are like some irritating 90's boyband throwback.
Kudos for taking a chance with something new - hopefully it'll turn out better next time.