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Bill Ryder-Jones


Fourth solo studio album by British indie singer-songwriter self-produced and featuring guest vocals from The Orielles and Our Girl

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Fourth album crackles with intimacy and floors with its candour
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    An album that you sink into, which gradually envelops you: moving, painful and elating in equal measure
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  3. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Another emotionally nuanced and seductive set of songs that will stand the test of time
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Bill Ryder-Jones’ star continues to rise on the superb Yawn
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Bill Ryder-Jones returns with an immersive, melancholic fourth solo-effort retaining the sincerity and intimacy that have characterised his post-Coral work
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a stunningly assured, deeply romantic and already one of the year's best. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Yawn is a sublime show of songwriting strength. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Yawn is chilly and languid, the 35-year-old's penchant for sudden bursts if guitar noise giving depth and colour tot the Cure-ish gloom around "Recover," "John" and "No One's Trying To Kill You". Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s true that some degree of patience may be required to get the most out of Yawn. For those willing to invest that patience though, the rewards are vast: Yawn demonstrates just how well Ryder-Jones is evolving as a songwriter
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  10. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Ryder-Jones is trying to put himself back together throughout the lines of Yawn, but his affecting songs, nostalgia-swathed observations and unabashed vulnerability will inadvertently help you heal too
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    Yawn has its moments of beauty and craft, but the payoffs are so subtle and slow to arrive that its title becomes the regrettably inevitable reaction
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Bill Ryder-Jones creates a dynamic sonic landscape for a personal invitation and dialogue just on the precipice of sleep with his latest album, Yawn
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    To be sure, ‘Yawn’ offers few surprises, but near the close of the record tracks like ‘Don’t Be Scared, I Love You’ land harder through the accumulated weight of the album behind it, locking you into its woozy, late night motorway melancholia
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    Sombre, quiet and reflective
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    His performance can still be a bit flat and featureless to keep listeners regularly coming back to Yawn, but the Englishman’s songwriting and arrangements are more fascinating than before
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  16. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Most of the songs on the album clock in at over 5 minutes, so there is ample time to process the lyrics amidst the slow churning drudge of guitars and hazy background mists
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