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  • Summary: Produced by Dan Auerbach, the debut full-length solo release for the British artist features influences from country, pop and soul music.
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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    90
    The album is altogether catchy and enjoyable, and Yola has a mystical and inviting spirit to her voice complimented with the music she, Auerbach, and the Easy Eye musicians weaved.
  2. 90
    Yola can hold her own with the best, and it’s likely this terrific album will end up as one of the most impressive debuts of this or recent years. Its combustive combination of talent, songwriting and sympathetic yet bold production makes Yola’s release one of the finest soul/country fusions in recent memory.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    80
    The gauntlet is thrown down directly at the start and while the following songs are all strong, nothing tops this dynamite performance.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2019
    80
    She's at peak power on Faraway Look, expressing feminine vulnerability over immaculate Dusty In Memphis arrangements. [Mar 2019, p.95]
  5. Feb 22, 2019
    80
    She's channeling her own experiences so they speak to the universal, just like the classic soul she loves. The result is an extraordinary record, one designed to be part of a grand musical tradition, and it contains enough emotion and imagination to earn its place within that lineage.
  6. Feb 19, 2019
    70
    Yola seems capable of not only expertly mimicking the sounds of the past, but also creating something that will itself stand the test of time.
  7. Feb 25, 2019
    60
    It’s a perfect period production that only occasionally tempts the listener to wonder how much more affecting Yola’s songs might be if she turned her attention from “whip-poor-wills” and “the grocery store” to landscapes closer to home.

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  1. Feb 24, 2019
    9
    Dan Auerbach is fully aware that the moment when country music went pop in the Sixties is one of the most thrilling moments in musicalDan Auerbach is fully aware that the moment when country music went pop in the Sixties is one of the most thrilling moments in musical history, so his production on this record is to be commended. Still, the real hero is obviously Yola herself, who possesses a voice that is the soul of confidence itself. Country and soul are both distinctly American genres, but once again it takes the British to really interpret them properly. Expand