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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for the British singer-songwriter was self-produced and features guest vocals from The Orielles and Our Girl.
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  1. Dec 21, 2018
    100
    The end result is an album that you sink into, which gradually envelops you: moving, painful and elating in equal measure.
  2. 85
    Sincere, moving and musically ambitious.
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    The ex-Coral songwriter is unafraid to experiment on Yawn, and--aside from a few songs that lose a little of their immediacy due to similar tempos and an abundance of shoegaze guitar--the likes of Mither ('Is that your key in the door / Nothing else would mean more') showcase Ryder-Jones as one of the most distinctive, comforting and essential voices we have.
  4. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    The downbeat tone may put some people off, and with the average track lasting a good five or six minutes, 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.
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    77
    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.
  6. Nov 2, 2018
    70
    Yawn, with a drowsy or bored effect. He doesn't sound too bored, but the slip into boredom by the listener may be too easy. Still, the music is strong and confident, but never precisely wakes up to the effects of a late-night conversation. And upon conclusion, the drowsy effects wear off.
  7. Nov 6, 2018
    60
    Individually the likes of ‘Time Will Be The Only Saviour’, with its creeping strings and weighty sorrow, or the Rizzo-quoting ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’, are tender, sad things, but as a whole piece, Yawn can wind up a claustrophobic listen.

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  1. Nov 27, 2018
    9
    After half a dozen listens, i’m hooked on this album. It’s taken me on an immersive, melancholic journey and because my heart yearns forAfter half a dozen listens, i’m hooked on this album. It’s taken me on an immersive, melancholic journey and because my heart yearns for another, it’s a journey I can’t escape. Expand