Bill Ryder-Jones - Iechyd Da
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2024 Ratings: #1 / 105
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2024 Rank: #37
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

The Wirral singer-songwriter packs this stunning, self-produced opus with clever samples, self-referential lyrics and even a children’s choir.

100
Record Collector

Iechyd Da is his masterpiece, start to finish.

90
musicOMH
His fifth album’s title translates to Good Health, its music distilling the anxieties of lockdown into strength and hope with which to strive for the light.
90
The Line of Best Fit
It’s a heartbreaking yet hopeful conclusion to a warm, wise and comforting album, the humanity and compassion of which feels in high demand amongst the bleak realities of Planet Earth in early 2024.
90
Clash
‘Iechyd Da’ is a forward-moving record rooted in love and loss, marking a significant chapter in the musician and producer’s career.
90
Uncut

There have been turbulent moments along the way, of course. But Iechyd Da feels a culmination of all he set out to do. It’s a record that beckons you over and invites you in, that rewards your faith and careful listening with moments of extraordinary beauty, unflinching honesty, a sonic exchange of love.

90
God Is in the TV

All in all, a gorgeous, brilliant album. If you’ve never heard Bill Ryder-Jones before, this is as good a place to start as any. If you’re already a fan, you will be delighted, too. An album to play over and over again, without skipping any of the tracks.

90
Spill Magazine
Essentially, Ryder-Jones came up with a fully-realized, mature set of songs that not only bring that good health to him, but to his listeners too.
90
Louder Than War

What enables us to endure the trials and tribulations of life is the strength of our spirit. Iechyd Da encapsulates that to perfection.

84
Sputnikmusic

On Iechyd Da, Bill Ryder-Jones might still be that grim gentleman his music has always portrayed him as, nostalgic for that which was and may never be again, but this go-round also finds him dispensing a stronger dose of vitality than usual, of hope as well as pain.

80
AllMusic
Ryder-Jones still favors tranquil ballads and laid-back pop songs more than anything else, but the intimate, detailed arrangements and overall sonic scope of Iechyd Da are transformative.
80
DIY
It’s a truly cathartic listening experience, driven by the belief that our darkest moments can only be alleviated if we sing about them beautifully enough.
80
The Skinny
The ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones returns with a fifth album rooted in loss, heartache and love.
80
The Guardian

Iechyd Da is probably his most hopeful, optimistic album, but there’s an underlying melancholy even in his most elevated moments, as if agony and ecstasy can be never entirely free from each other.

80
Mojo

Iechyd Da is lyrically stark, but Ryder-Jones saves his most silvery linings for its darkest clouds, and with closing doodle Nos Da goes somewhere words can’t reach. Gavin Bryars strings come to the rescue of a melted piano. The inescapable conclusion: life is beautiful; life is sad; life goes on. Same old magnificent same old.

75
Spectrum Culture

On Iechyd Da, his fullest sounding solo record yet, Bill Ryder-Jones calls into question a classic adage: Is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

SnowyFighter
80

Bruh how the fuck are there already so many good releases like I can’t with this shit (the thing though is that I can)

The streak of good 2024 albums continues with another artist that I have never heard of before in my life. Bill Ryder Jones brings some absolutely stunning balladry here. The instrumentation here is truly breathtaking, so much life in the production and the vocals are so passionate. The strings are lovely, and really pack a punch. Especially with This Can’t Go On, ... read more

AllChup
100

The triumph of the British musician, previously known for his work with The Coral, in the new chamber album, undoubtedly the best of his entire creative career, with many artistic and musical twists.
© 2024

Doofy
81

A walking (slumbering?) contradiction of an album in that it at once feels very intimate and domestic but also there’s a grandiosity, as well as a call to engage collectively with all that sadness, all the depression. So despite starting off at the level of a Velvet Underground whisper on ‘I Know That It’s Like This (Baby)’ by the mid album interlude ‘…And the Sea…’ Ryder-Jones is channelling ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

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Mywig_isonfire
90

This album felt like a hug.

94

This album showed up on my feed and I had 0 expectations for anything. I felt so many emotions listening to this and I still think about my first time listening to this in my Spanish class. This was so out of nowhere and it was amazing in almost every way

AlexCJ02
83

A few songs into the album I had to look up if Bill Ryder-Jones was a band of Bill, Ryder, and Jones— the fact that ONE PERSON could make an album as grand as this is crazy!

“Iechyd Da” is a very intimate album, where Bill sings directly to you as the listener. The whole experience feels live with acoustic instruments and tons of personality. And even with the personable feel, the production is still really well done with every song sounding super professional.

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Added on: September 20, 2023