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Miss Universe

Nilüfer Yanya

Miss Universe

Debut album of indie pop from the 23-year old British-Turkish singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Multifaceted, unpredictable, and utterly essential
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Innovative and striking, this record explores the personal and makes it universal
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    Yanya has demonstrated the tenacity and courage to firmly make her mark as a musician playing by her rules and her rules alone
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Miss Universe is a hell of a debut, with Yanya proving herself a powerhouse of songwriting especially, not to mention her pristine vocals and unique guitar voice
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  5. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    Takes adventurous pop-rock crucibles to new heights
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  6. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    This is an emotionally multi-faceted album to luxuriate in
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Lyrically rich and rhythmically robust, Miss Universe is an ambitious debut from a rising star who is never going to play it safe
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Miss Universe establishes truths and solutions of its own, on its own. Like Yanya's career, it exists and succeeds through sheer force of will
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    A fascinating debut that is reflective of the pressures we place on ourselves and others which all too often result in a striving but imperfect mess
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  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There’s been a lot of hype surrounding her since she made it on to BBC’s Sound of 2018 list. Miss Universe justifies it
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    A bloody brilliant collection of eclectic tunes
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  12. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A singer who understands her sound and is clearly staying true to the type of artist that she wants to be
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Miss Universe closes with the startling lead single Heavyweight Champion of the Year. It’s the sound of Prince covering Pixies, and probably the best thing that’ll happen to you this week
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    An intriguing and smoothly constructed record. Groove and melancholy exist simultaneously in Yanya's work, providing listeners with no single answer to the questions she poses
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This debut album plays like a burst river pipe at the height of monsoon season. More and more songs spill out, 17 of them in all, each tarnished with sharp distinctive hooks and the nasal jazz-pop tooting of Yanya’s voice
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  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Tightly coiled rock epics with just a few elements, sounding like The Strokes one minute, Liz Phair the next. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Despite its 17-song length, it's hard to imagine Nilüfer Yanya's vision without each one of these tracks; Miss Universe hangs together effortlessly and each part feels as vital as the last
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Startlingly intimate, full of soulful, jazzy echoes of a lonely city. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    You listen to the rhythm track of Paradise – made up of clicks and yelps, augmented by the scrape of Yanya’s fingers down her guitar strings and wonder how she arrived at it. The answer suggested by the rest of her debut album is that she’s a true original
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  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    A singer-songwriter who evades pigeonholing
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  21. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Throughout the album, Yanya uses circularity and ambiguity to her advantage
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Yanya’s clear artistic vision manages to harness the many ideas on display
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  23. 5.0 |   Crack

    Consistent with Yanya’s diverse tastes and strong technical pedigree, but as a collection it feels unfocused and disjointed. There’s better work ahead of her
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