• Record Label: AMF
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2019
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
Buy On
  1. 90
    While the sombre tone of these 15 tracks may result in some listeners skipping through in search of something energetic, what lies at the end of this record for those with patience is a truly beautiful collection of stories built through pensive soliloquy as a means of exploring abrasive subjects.
  2. May 15, 2019
    80
    Some more cynical types may find this heart-on-sleeve approach too cloying, but the delivery and writing is so honest and heartfelt, it’s impossible not to be charmed. Carner is a genuine talent, and this second album demonstrates just why he’s so highly rated.
  3. 80
    The album has an unpolished feel – a diamond in the rough – with its analogue sounds and snatches of conversation from the recording studio.
  4. May 20, 2019
    70
    All the supporting work is understated and studious, ideally compatible with Carner's substantive ruminations.
  5. May 10, 2019
    70
    Not Waving But Drowning showcases why Carner is heralded as one of British hip-hop’s biggest talents, but this isn’t quite the revelation his debut was. That being said, any album that includes an interlude dedicated to England winning a World Cup penalty shootout will always go down well.
  6. Apr 18, 2019
    70
    He’s managed to successfully replicate the feeling of genuine emotion and human connection that drew listeners to him and his music on his first album, with his second likely to be just as prosperous.
  7. Uncut
    Apr 18, 2019
    70
    Another compellingly intimate listen. [May 2019, p.24]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 13, 2019
    8
    In his second effort, Carner continues to tell his coming-of-age obstacles with his customary honesty and unaggressiveness. Every day is aIn his second effort, Carner continues to tell his coming-of-age obstacles with his customary honesty and unaggressiveness. Every day is a battle, and he chooses to exhibit it with positivity and seeks the resolution. Full Review »