Not Waving, But Drowning

Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #212 / 267
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2019 Ratings: #51
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
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AMF, Virgin EMI / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

With a title inspired by one of his grandfather’s poems, he has etched his name further into the fabric of music, creating a wholesome space of honesty that has the ability to inspire positivity while tackling heavy themes of pain and frustration.

80
The Independent

Not Waving, But Drowning has an emotional intelligence that shows just how strong Carner is when he’s at his most vulnerable.

70
Clash

He’s managed to successfully replicate the feeling of genuine emotion and human connection that drew listeners to him and his music on his first album, with his second likely to be just as prosperous.

70
Loud and Quiet

Carner holds on to the human warmth that made 2017’s Yesterday’s Gone so special and channels his growing confidence as a storyteller in this stream of disarmingly honest songs.

60
NME
With a handful of radiant tunes, and lashings of Carner’s sensitive and witty lyricism, ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ is an impressive second album. Although at times the momentum of the record stalls, it’s another bold release from one of the biggest talents British hip-hop has to offer.
60
DIY

It doesn’t quite match the intensity and impact of his debut.

60
The Guardian

A collection of smooth, soft-centred rap that verges on the sickly, with Carner’s genial charisma floating adrift in a sea of sentimentality and nostalgia.

60
The Observer

For his second album, the 24-year-old’s flow remains defiantly old-school, concerned with language and jazzy storytelling rather than the Autotuned postures that get the streams.

Birdal
81
What the fuck is wrong with the Guardian?
Z.Younk
50
This guy's bars are corny as hell and I've never heard a truly original thought / phrasing from his verses that I haven't heard out of other rapper's mouths before him. Can't fathom how he's so highly rated.
Cyd
85
Already two great albums to his name while there’s still so much time to get even better.
JUKEBOX
67
I mean, there's some good songwriting and some feel-good production, but it really bothers me how this can be so static and monotone sometimes. I get the appeal, I just can't find something that really stuck with me. It's definitely not bad, but it sure is nothing that special.
jimegomeza
89
from the album and track titles, to the poetry, stories, melodies, and beats; this man has a way with words, incorporated into heartfelt hip hop and flirty jazz; a collection of warm, soothing, cleverly crafted tunes that put one's mind at ease while still making it bouncy and fun

this could come out as a paradox to hip-hop due to the polite, nostalgic, and somehow innocent feel that comes with the lyrics and constant references to his loved ones; however, it works and proves its point

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Track List

  1. Dear Jean
  2. Angel
  3. Ice Water
  4. Ottolenghi
  5. You Don't Know
  6. Still
  7. It’s Coming Home?
  8. Desoleil (Brilliant Corners)
  9. Loose Ends (feat. Jorja Smith)
  10. Not Waving, But Drowning
  11. Krispy
  12. Sail Away Freestyle
  13. Looking Back
  14. Carluccio
  15. Dear Ben
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