• Record Label: Caroline
  • Release Date: May 10, 2019
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
Buy On
  1. May 7, 2019
    90
    YU is a swagger drenched, masterful treatise from a woman with a new perspective, new weapons, and the confidence to use them.
  2. Mojo
    May 7, 2019
    80
    This is warm, analogue-smudged R&B that blossoms with repeated plays. [Jun 2019, p.95]
  3. May 7, 2019
    71
    Lowe’s sophomore album retains a distinct point of view, with her folkloric sensibility and forward-thinking production shining through despite some smoothed-over platitudes. Lowe is only growing as an artist, and YU heralds a bright future.
  4. May 7, 2019
    70
    As an album, YU feels like a body of work sewn together with interludes, hooks and a growing maturity. Lowe has made a statement by developing inward musings into grooves that reach toward new audiences, the heart at the centre of her work audibly beating.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    60
    There's enough deviation from Lowe's fastidiously tasteful norm to prevent YU descending into dullness. [Jul 2019, p.113]
  6. May 10, 2019
    60
    There’s a hushed stillness to the way Lowe’s words glide over the stripped-down, becalmed grooves, before gentle soul gives way to more uptempo beats and sentiments. With that template, it’s a varied mix.

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