Stand for Myself

Yola - Stand for Myself
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Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #236 / 752
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Based on 562 ratings
2021 Ratings: #91
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There’s seemingly no aesthetic Yola won’t embrace and no pace she can’t keep up with, or at least nothing she won’t fully commit herself to if she decides to try it.

The Needle Drop

Yola’s stunning writing and performances easily make up for Stand for Myself’s general lack of novelty.


By balancing pop and politics, Yola always sounds like she’s in the trenches herself, always mustering the courage and energy to keep fighting.


Stand for Myself is a stunner with plenty of emotional firepower, but it can also feel soft as a wool blanket.


The album is a self-affirmed announcement, and one that sees a story unfold with Yola picking the track order in order to convey the process of, in effect, how she got here. And at the heart of it all is her incredible voice.


An enthralling step on her musical voyage.

Rolling Stone

Platinum-voiced Brit reunites with Dan Auerbach in the producer's chair for a dazzling showcase of luxurious Seventies-inspired soul and mellow, Laurel Canyon-style folk rock.


The dozen tracks here showcase the range of her talents as a singer and a songwriter and that of a human being who refuses to accept life’s limitations and stand up for herself.

Under The Radar

Sleek, soulful, intricate, and anthemic, Stand For Myself serves as evidence that in her life, Yola may have loved and lost, but through her art, she has everything to gain.


The Bristol-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s second album isn’t defined by genre as much as it is by Yola’s indomitable spirit.

The Observer

Stand for Myself remains attuned to these country-soul stylings, but the full ingredients list is long: old-timey doo-wop on Great Divide, Brandi Carlile backing vocals, plus subtle British inflections.


'Stand For Myself' is a really old-school meets modern sounds (also very authentic) kind of album. Yola is obviously a power house when it comes to voice and artistry, a woman who clearly and confidently knows exactly what to do (in every single record). This album preaches and teaches, also it breathes music like nothing else, an incredible amount of sound references from several decades, which is so indeering and interesting, loved every minute of it.

A must listen.


Oh boy. First of all, I would like to thank Fantano for introducing me to Yola. Second, this album is SO GOOD and hard not to like! This album just feels very sweet and lovely and is like a warm hug from someone who really cares for you. The themes of loving yourself and others all throughout this album is just wonderful and really inspiring. Vocals and production are also on point! She has such a strong voice that just fits perfectly in this genre, and her delivery and execution is just as ... read more


From the opening moments Yola throws us back several decades, to a time when warmth dripped from wax in every home

Stand for Myself embraces the sound of the late 60's and early 70's with a focus on RnB, Soul and Country. This combination may initially seem a little at odds with itself, but Yola proves any doubts redundant by bringing out more of the latent soul in Country music as well as the raw story-telling in Soul.

Built around band staples of bass, drums, guitar and piano/keys. Yola ... read more


great album, moving and enjoyable


Yola is a powerhouse vocalist on Stand For Myself, with consistently passionate and gorgeous performances throughout the entirety of the project. Topically Yola covers friendship, love, self-acceptance and perseverance, making the project a very wholesome and feel-good listen. Sonically the record is Soul at it's core thanks to Yola's vocals, with vibrant Country and Pop flares in it's instrumentation, making for quite a glamorous sound pallet. Stand For Myself is a heartwarming Soul record ... read more


this is absolutely fire idk how tf it sounds both from the past and the future but it is

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Added on: April 22, 2021