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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British artist was produced by Dave Okumu and features contributions from Jay Electronica, Kwabs, Jamie Lidell, Jordan Rakei, Jamie Woon, and Henry Wu.
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  1. May 7, 2019
    90
    YU is a swagger drenched, masterful treatise from a woman with a new perspective, new weapons, and the confidence to use them.
  2. Mojo
    May 7, 2019
    80
    This is warm, analogue-smudged R&B that blossoms with repeated plays. [Jun 2019, p.95]
  3. 80
    Though taken as a whole, YU is a wonderful record. Okumu and Lowe are a dream partnership, and along with the rest of London’s modern soul players present on YU and hiding amongst other projects, have way more to give us over the next few years.
  4. May 7, 2019
    70
    As an album, YU feels like a body of work sewn together with interludes, hooks and a growing maturity. Lowe has made a statement by developing inward musings into grooves that reach toward new audiences, the heart at the centre of her work audibly beating.
  5. May 24, 2019
    70
    Everything feels less claustrophobic than on ‘Control’ as synths soar, rather than constrict. Beats bounce and guitars are led by the groove. Throughout ‘YU’, we see a grander side of her.
  6. May 10, 2019
    60
    There’s a hushed stillness to the way Lowe’s words glide over the stripped-down, becalmed grooves, before gentle soul gives way to more uptempo beats and sentiments. With that template, it’s a varied mix.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    60
    There's enough deviation from Lowe's fastidiously tasteful norm to prevent YU descending into dullness. [Jul 2019, p.113]

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