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Iechyd Da

Bill Ryder-Jones

Iechyd Da

Fifth solo studio album by Merseyside indie singer-songwriter recorded and self-produced in his studio

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    It is a truly wonderful record, one that embellishes Ryder-Jones’ writing in ways both grand and unusual, without sacrificing any of the closeness – his lyrics remain raw and direct – or melodic knack
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    The Wirral singer-songwriter packs this stunning, self-produced opus with clever samples, self-referential lyrics and even a children’s choir
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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    His fifth album’s title translates to Good Health, its music distilling the anxieties of lockdown into strength and hope with which to strive for the light
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Iechyd Da’ is a forward-moving record rooted in love and loss, marking a significant chapter in the musician and producer’s career
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Iechyd Da feels a culmination of all he set out to do. It’s a record that beckons you over and invites you in, that rewards your faith and careful listening with moments of extraordinary beauty, unflinching honesty, a sonic exchange of love. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A gorgeous, brilliant album. If you’ve never heard Bill Ryder-Jones before, this is as good a place to start as any. If you’re already a fan, you will be delighted, too. An album to play over and over again, without skipping any of the tracks
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  7. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Bill Ryder-Jones' extraordinarily beautiful fifth solo album finds warming light in the darkness
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  8. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    On Iechyd Da, Bill Ryder-Jones might still be that grim gentleman his music has always portrayed him as, nostalgic for that which was and may never be again, but this go-round also finds him dispensing a stronger dose of vitality than usual, of hope as well as pain
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    The slacker-rock of the singer’s previous album has been jettisoned in favour of jangling guitars and orchestral grandeur
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Iechyd Da documents a period of intense anguish with careful understatement and smart musical references. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Ryder-Jones still favors tranquil ballads and laid-back pop songs more than anything else, but the intimate, detailed arrangements and overall sonic scope of Iechyd Da are transformative
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Ryder-Jones’s recent production experience comes to the fore on this wide-reaching album, making use of Motown, 60s pop and a children’s choir to find the light in the darkness
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  13. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones returns with a fifth album rooted in loss, heartache and love
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  14. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    On Iechyd Da, his fullest sounding solo record yet, Bill Ryder-Jones calls into question a classic adage: Is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
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