Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #237 / 676
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2018 Ratings: #77
November 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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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.

Northern Transmissions

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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

A uniquely textured and distinguished experience. somewhere between folk and gaze. simple. youthful. wonderful.
If you have patience, you'll recognize some of the pristine the album shimmers. It's not a slowcore album I'm looking for. Bill Ryder-Jones adds shoegaze elements to the music this time around and let it cascade over the listener. The result is varied and reveals the bands weaknesses as the album continues.
This album sounds like The National vocals but with Krautrock instrumentals. Every song on this thing feels like a trip on its own. A perfectly crafted album that keeps you hooked from front to back. One of the nicest surprises for the year for me. So far this has entered my top 10 albums of the year through the big door.
I think its a major improvement on a Bad Wind Blows in my Heart actually.
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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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Added on: August 24, 2018