• Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2019
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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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. 90
    For Yanya, this is a masterful debut that, like a tasting menu, looks jarring on paper but, in practice, is tantalising, surprising and undoubtedly impressive.
  3. May 10, 2019
    85
    Miss Universe is a hell of a debut, with Yanya proving herself a powerhouse of songwriting especially, not to mention her pristine vocals and unique guitar voice.
  4. 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.
  5. Mar 22, 2019
    83
    Yanya’s songs reflect a woman who’s uncertain of how much of herself to reveal to the world. That is both the allure of Miss Universe and what augurs even brighter things to come.
  6. Mar 26, 2019
    81
    This is an emotionally multi-faceted album to luxuriate in.
  7. Mar 25, 2019
    80
    Even the mildly satirical skits, which don’t quite work, prove her desire to create a proper album, rewarding repeated listening.
  8. Mar 22, 2019
    80
    Instead of locking itself into prescribed notions of success, emotions, or companionship, Miss Universe establishes truths and solutions of its own, on its own. Like Yanya's career, it exists and succeeds through sheer force of will.
  9. 80
    Filled with crunchy, complex tunes that elegantly interweave a host of unusual influences, Miss Universe is an impressive and bold record.
  10. 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.
  11. 80
    There’s been a lot of hype surrounding her since she made it on to BBC’s Sound of 2018 list. Miss Universe justifies it.
  12. 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.
  13. Mojo
    Mar 19, 2019
    80
    Yanya's music calls to mind gritty jazz/rock griot King Krule, Sampha's contemplative street soul and her key teenage influences: Pixies, Winehouse and The Libertines. Her spiky guitar playing is confidently pushed to the front of the mix here. [Apr 2019, p.86]
  14. 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]
  15. Uncut
    Mar 19, 2019
    80
    She crafts tightly coiled rock epics with just a few elements, sounding like The Strokes one minute, Liz Phair the next. [Apr 2019, p.39]
  16. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    It all sounds a little inconceivable on paper, but is tied together and brought to life by a singer-songwriter who evades pigeonholing--on purpose or accidentally, it doesn’t really matter--and provides a debut that’s all her own.
  17. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    Miss Universe is an intriguing and smoothly constructed record. Groove and melancholy exist simultaneously in Yanya's work, providing listeners with no single answer to the questions she poses.
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 4, 2019
    78
    The only misstep comes from spoken interludes about WWAY Health, an unnecessary framing device for a smart, textured zigzag of songwriting.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Apr 30, 2019
    9
    Я настолько доволен и приятно удивлен давно не был. Получилось просто охерительно!Я настолько доволен и приятно удивлен давно не был. Получилось просто охерительно!
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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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