AOTY 2019
Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #215 / 736
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2018 Ratings: #163
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Give Yawn the attention it deserves ... and alluring details – guitar figures intricately intertwining, mournful and majestic sweep of cello, ghostly organ bubbling near the surface, gradual push and pull, restraint and release – soon become impossible to miss.

85
Northern Transmissions

Though this album goes for personal moments over something totally new, Ryder-Jones strikes powerful chords with listeners.

80
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.

77
Paste

He’s a humble, thoughtful character and an even more engaging guitar player—drawing dense textures and perhaps even more sulking anguish from his guitar than his confessional lyrics.

70
Loud and Quiet

‘Yawn’ is a much gentler record than its predecessor; one that’s much more ornate with moments of quite straightforward prettiness, and to Jones’ credit there’s no attempt to turn the last record’s success into a formula.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
PopMatters

The songs on Yawn excel at a connection between musician, music, and listener. Each song carries the effect of sitting with Ryder-Jones and hearing the dialogue created.

luna128
69
A uniquely textured and distinguished experience. somewhere between folk and gaze. simple. youthful. wonderful.
73
Bill Ryder-Jones is a man out of time on “Yawn” — this album very much falls on the slowcore side of indie rock, and it sounds straight out of the 90s. Luckily, “Yawn” happens to be a very good slowcore album. Even if the tempos never really accelerate beyond a crawl, Ryder-Jones’ songs are pretty enough to grab your attention, and varied enough to hold it. “Yawn” is a dark album, but its tone is consistently warm, and while it’s hardly the ... read more
middleagedmale
85
like it a lot! brilliant songwriting.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
POPDESIGN
75
cute boy
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Track List

  1. There's Something on Your Mind
  2. Time Will Be the Only Saviour
  3. Recover
  4. Mither
  5. And Then There's You
  6. There Are Worse Things I Could Do
  7. Don't Be Scared, I Love You
  8. John
  9. No One's Trying to Kill You
  10. Happy Song
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