Yesterday's Gone

Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #127 / 898
User Score
Based on 252 ratings
2017 Ratings: #142
Liked by 4 people
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
AMF / Label
Hip Hop, UK Hip Hop / Genres
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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.
This album has been with me through hell and back. Possibly one of my favorite albums of all time.
Despite some very similar flow and rhyme schemes throughout the course of this album, Yesterday’s Gone is pure bliss, both aesthetically and musically. Loyle Carner’s rapping is so poetic and conscious, with passion in every bar he spits alongside these gentle, silky smooth hip-hop beats. This man is truly talented and among one of the best and most unique rappers in the UK right now, doing something that hasn’t had too much mainstream attention across my side of the pond ... read more
I remember first stumbling across this album on spotify when it first released in 2017 and thought I'd give it a try, I never thought it would grow to become one of my favourites of all time.

Throughout this album Ben tackles many relatable topics ranging from relationships, family matters, childhood, etc. and pulls it off in such a charming, relatable way rapping over these laidback and sometimes jazzy instrumentals.

This is for sure my favourite hip-hop album from the UK, maybe of all ... read more
I don’t know if it was the mood I was in when listening to this or what. But this is one of my favorite British hip hop albums of all time. I love the soft and pillowy instrumentation on this and Loyle Carter rap wise is terrific & very appealing.
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)
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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