Emma-Jean Thackray - Yellow
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #29 / 417
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
Liked by 4 people
July 23, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Movementt, Warp / Label
Jazz Fusion / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Yellow brims with kindness and connection through its musical messages, reminding us refreshingly of what it is to be a human among humans.

100
The Arts Desk

For all the preposterousness, and preposterous ambition, there’s an authenticity that comes from someone reflecting themselves with total conviction, that makes it hard not to love.

90
Uncut

Some of the best moments here are her twitchy funk miniatures, driven by tuba basslines, distorted Fender Rhodes riffs and chant-based vocals, which leave you wanting more.

90
Gigwise

Yellow is a triumph of Thackray’s singular vision. A positive, consistent, joyously listenable and danceable album, which somehow pulls off being both instantly memorable and continually surprising.

80
Mojo

Thackray crams a lot into the 14 tracks of her cerebral yet deeply groovy debut.

80
Exclaim!
Despite the abundance of compositional ideas, they are all executed with attention to clarity, cohesion and detail. Thackray's auteurist approach in the studio combined with her peerless precision and control feel like a whole new genre unto itself.
80
NME
‘Yellow’ is exactly the life-affirming collection to help those in need to hang onto the idea of a dim light at the end of a very, very dark tunnel.
77
Pitchfork
The debut from the English bandleader and producer is a fascinating blend of spiritual jazz and brass band that can sound full-on psychedelic while staying grounded in its clever arrangements.
70
The Line of Best Fit

With Yellow, Thackray solidifies her place in the vanguard of London acts bringing younger audiences to jazz.

70
Loud and Quiet

Yellow has the hallmarks of a record you might happen upon after hours of thumbing through miscellaneous LPs at a flea market, whose tonal poise and propensity for experimentation are too invigorating and interesting to keep to yourself.

70
DIY
Festooned with planetary hymns and gushes of free-love sentiment, the LP achieves the kind of celestial ecstasy it so avidly craves.
FatalNoise
73
A really interesting blend of jazz, soul and electronics that i will definitely be returning to
marcotonho
83
EN: "Yellow" rewards your mistakes with the whimsical hits of a Jazz Fusion. The chaos is established and ceased by simpler things, like the rhythm on the drums. Most of the flaws stem from being too pretentious and wanting to stretch out the songs when they could easily serve as an interlude, only 10 songs being needed. This doesn't take away from the great merit he has in trying to bring back Jazz Fusion, a genre that has stagnated. Bravery that I recognize by the courage and ... read more
Edgeworth
90
Her live performance on Jools Holland brought me here.
So, I'm rather ignorant when it comes to Jazz generally, but lets just say, Yellow is a beautifully and fun album.
Majority of tracks hit that sweet spot when it comes to duration, never once it fell flat due to its delicate clarity and arrangements Emma ploys.
Yellow was an impressive experience and definitely one of the surprise album of the year.
ContentSeekerVA
77
Top song: Say Something
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Track List

  1. Mercury
  2. Say Something
  3. About That
  4. Venus
  5. Green Funk
  6. Third Eye
  7. May There Be Peace
  8. Sun
  9. Golden Green
  10. Spectre
  11. Rahu & Ketu
  12. Yellow
  13. Our People
  14. Mercury (In Retrograde)
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Added on: June 2, 2021