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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the London-based singer-songwriter features co-production from Will Archer, Oli Barton-Wood, Jazzi Bobbi, Luke Bower, John Congleton, M.T. Hadley, and the Invisible's Dave Okumu.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. Mar 20, 2019
    90
    Miss Universe is an intimate record full of personal fears and emotions, but these are of wider, universal relevance. They should resonate with us all.
  2. Mar 25, 2019
    85
    Nilüfer Yanya has managed to produce an album which flits from one template to the next, yet at no time is there a tendency to feel that this is contrived and neither does it suggest an artist scrabbling around for an identity and an audience which then comes with it. These shifts in style always feel controlled, as though the song demands them.
  3. Mar 26, 2019
    81
    This is an emotionally multi-faceted album to luxuriate in.
  4. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    It never feels like an artist being clever for the sake of it. It’s more like listening to someone let the music that seeped into them in their teens gush out, albeit in a profoundly altered state.
  5. Q Magazine
    Mar 19, 2019
    80
    The West Londner's debut is startlingly intimate, full of soulful, jazzy echoes of a lonely city. [May 2019, p.116]
  6. Mar 21, 2019
    80
    Yanya covers a wide breadth of styles and emotions here and even if it all doesn't hang together perfectly, Miss Universe is a fascinating debut that is reflective of the pressures we place on ourselves and others which all too often result in a striving but imperfect mess.
  7. Mar 20, 2019
    80
    Although refusing to be pigeonholed, the album hangs together effortlessly and each part feels as vital as the last; despite its 17-song length, it’s hard to imagine Yanya’s vision without each one of these tracks.

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  1. Mar 31, 2019
    10
    I was unsure whether to give this a 10. All I know is that it is endlessly playable, covers a variety of styles and does so with panache. AlsoI was unsure whether to give this a 10. All I know is that it is endlessly playable, covers a variety of styles and does so with panache. Also it's probably my favourite album since Frank Ocean's album, so yeah, it's a 10. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2019
    10
    Every single track in this is just HEAVEN!!! She's definetly my favorite discover in years!
  3. Mar 28, 2019
    9
    I went into this album expecting good things, whilst being unsure of what to expect. Needless to say, what Nilüfer Yanya has shown here isI went into this album expecting good things, whilst being unsure of what to expect. Needless to say, what Nilüfer Yanya has shown here is nothing short of sublime. At 53 minutes long Yanya manages to keep things interesting with all the very different tracks that continue to give the album steam up towards it's close whilst managing to hold on and not lose sight of the narrative she's going for throughout.
    I reckon for many this album is an acquired taste, but once it clicks it's bloody superb, especially for a debut album, blimey.
    I can't wait to see what Nilüfer Yanya has in store next.

    Favourite Tracks:
    Baby Blu, Tears, Safety Net, Paralysed, Heavyweight Champion Of The Year
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