• Record Label: Caroline
  • Release Date: May 10, 2019
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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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. May 7, 2019
    71
    Lowe’s sophomore album retains a distinct point of view, with her folkloric sensibility and forward-thinking production shining through despite some smoothed-over platitudes. Lowe is only growing as an artist, and YU heralds a bright future.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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