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Not Waving, But Drowning

Loyle Carner

Not Waving, But Drowning

Second album from the South London, Mercury Prize-nominated grime artist

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This introspective and brutally intimate record comes at an opportune moment for the young artist who has taken a step further into his own world instead of branching out to appeal to new audiences
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Subtle social commentary seasons the dish, but this is an album of the heart
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  3. 8.0 |   The Music

    Intimate stories of a life in motion
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The album has an unpolished feel – a diamond in the rough – with its analogue sounds and snatches of conversation from the recording studio
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The album is exquisitely bookended, starting with Dear Jean (a letter to his mother telling her he has fallen in love with “a woman from the skies”) and ending with Dear Bean
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  6. 8.0 |   The FT

    In his second album, the south London rapper foregrounds his relationship with his mother
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Carner is a genuine talent, and this second album demonstrates just why he’s so highly rated
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  8. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Showcases why Carner is heralded as one of British hip-hop’s biggest talents, but this isn’t quite the revelation his debut was
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Another compellingly intimate listen. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   Clash

    He’s managed to successfully replicate the feeling of genuine emotion and human connection that drew listeners to him and his music on his first album, with his second likely to be just as prosperous
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Carner holds on to the human warmth that made 2017’s Yesterday’s Gone so special and channels his growing confidence as a storyteller in this stream of disarmingly honest songs
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  12. 6.0 |   Q

    Short on visceral thrills, but long on soul and dexterity. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   DIY

    It doesn’t quite match the intensity and impact of his debut
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  14. 6.0 |   NME

    The south Londoner's lyricism shines the brightest on his uneven but often impressive second album, which features a handful of radiant tunes
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    As with Carner’s Mercury-nominated 2017 autobiographical debut, Not Waving gets deep into the feels of a man with high emotional IQ
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