The Things I Can’t Take With Me

Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
Liked by 1 person
April 9, 2021 / Release Date
EP / Format
Big Dada / Label
Neo-Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

The Things I Can’t Take With Me could fall to its heavy burden, but the naturally effortless flow of smooth R&B and jazz tinges creates an atmosphere of befitting palatability.

77
Beats Per Minute
Hopefully, the path is fully clear for this insanely talented, multidisciplinary artist to rise above and beyond. It’s still anybody’s guess what comes next, but I do know Yaya Bey has got this.
70
Pitchfork
On a stopgap EP between album projects, the Brooklyn R&B musician sloughs off emotional baggage from a soured relationship.
60
The Observer
The New Yorker shows her gift for storytelling on an EP that blends the personal and the political.
hbear
76

This is clearly a vibe project but the vibes are undeniable! Yaya's voice is rich and serene, which I think both complements and grounds the homespun nature of this EP pretty effectively. The overall direction of The Things I Can't Take With Me is pretty freeform and meandering, but the junctures where things really cohere make for pretty bombastic moments (especially on the swaggering highlight "fxck it then"). It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a short and digestible ... read more

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Track List

  1. the root of a thing
  2. september 13th
  3. we'll skate soon
  4. you up?
  5. fxck it then
  6. industry love / a protection spell
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Added on: March 25, 2021