Yesterday's Gone

Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #99 / 716
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Based on 148 ratings
2017 Ratings: #123
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Yesterday’s Gone is a jazz-inflected dream a world away from the bloated showbiz rap clogging up the airwaves – it’s not an exaggeration to claim that it is one the most honest, soulful and inspiring debut British rap albums since Roots Manuva’s Brand New Second Hand from 1999.

Loud and Quiet

The album is a smooth ride, where mild currents of g-funk nestle up next to jazz tinges and R&B grooves.

The Guardian

In a crowded market, Yesterday’s Gone manages to carve out its own little world, one that’s both unique and universal.


The universe of ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ might be a small one, but Loyle Carner’s scope is far from a tight-knit bunch of arbitrary themes. Letting endless threads unravel, in vivid detail, this album might creep up on you at first, but make no mistake, its creativity and poetry will floor you.


Yesterday’s Gone is one of the finest debuts you’ll hear for quite some time.


This is music as catharsis, with much of the sonically laid-back album dealing with family, loss and friendship, over lived-in J Dilla and Tribe Called Quest-worthy beats.

No Ripcord
It’s an honest, soulful and superbly well-executed body of work, and one of the best British rap debuts for a long time.
Carner has done it again. He’s managed to balance the tricky tightrope of semi-commercial success, whilst remaining true to his own thoughts and feelings.
UK-based rapper Loyle Carner does a surprisingly good job in incorporating deep, personal day-to-day lyricism and themes to these vintage jazzy instrumentals that carry out an old-school, intimate feel to them. Not only that, but the whole album feels like one cohesive whole, balancing full-fledged cuts with some narrative skits. The final result is an austhere, but considerably vibrant hip-hop album with quite the replayable value. While definitely far from a masterpiece, this album is still ... read more
A solid debut from Loyle. I was intrigued as to how this album would turn out after following Loyle for a while after finding BFG on soundcloud and falling in love with it. His first singles were good, especially Tierney Terrace and Ain't Nothing Changed, however the more tracks he released the more apparent it became that he was not varying his sound enough. To quote a line of his from "Ain't Nothing Changed", "Every song sounds the fucking same". To say there isn't enough ... read more
I'm really impressed with this album. It's so well done, the beautiful jazzy production and Loyle's calm but meaningful lyrics blend and create such a great album. Loyle is the future of UK rap no doubt.
Some really nice lyricism here, but these beats just bore me unfortunately. Whilst he's not a bad rapper technically, I just don't think he has a lot of personality at all on these tracks and ultimately, I thought this project was just a really uninteresting listen, but I definitely see potential in this guy. (also he sounds like Ed Sheeran a little bit and idk that just kinda pisses me off)
FAV TRACKS: Florence, Son of Jean, Mean it in the morning, Ain't Nothing Changed, Damselfly, Stars and Shards, No CD

LEAST FAV TRACK: Yesterday's Gone
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Track List

  1. The Isle of Arran
  2. Mean It In the Morning
  3. +44
  4. Damselfly (feat. Tom Misch)
  5. Ain't Nothing Changed
  6. Swear
  7. Florence (feat. Kwes)
  8. The Seamstress (Tooting Masala)
  9. Stars & Shards
  10. No Worries (feat. Rebel Kleff & Jehst)
  11. Rebel 101
  12. No CD (feat. Rebel Kleff)
  13. Mrs C
  14. Sun of Jean (feat. Mum & Dad)
  15. Yesterday's Gone
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Added on: November 20, 2016