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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for British singer-songwriter is an alternative version of 2018's Yawn featuring only piano and vocals.
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  • Record Label: Domino / Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 30, 2019
    80
    The piano's push into poignancy is occasionally too much, but Yawny Yawn largely feels like new information, a clear-sighted re-vision of a tremendous set of songs. [Sep 2019, p.86]
  2. Jul 30, 2019
    80
    Yawny Yawn finds Ryder-Jones parting ways with every instrument that, on Yawn, did more than simply accentuate the trauma, resignation, fondness and care colouring his vocals. For the most part, this is an incredibly rewarding endeavour, as Ryder-Jones' painful words are brought, emotively, to the forefront, though the deceptively similar pace and ambience of a few songs may frustrate those who aren't listening intently.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jul 30, 2019
    80
    All in all, the treatment effectively lights these already great songs from fresh angles, revealing hidden depths and added poignancy to what was already a strikingly powerful set of songs. [Sep 2019, p.116]
  4. Uncut
    Jul 30, 2019
    70
    The allusive, poetic intimacy of songs and singer are enriched, while an atmospheric haze keeps the concept loose. [Sep 2019, p.34]
  5. Aug 1, 2019
    70
    The absence of instrumentation and arrangements beyond Ryder-Jones's lyrics and piano makes Yawny Yawn noticeably different from the original versions of the album's tracks. This is distinctive in offering a new listening experience focused on a direct and consistent style.