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Yuna - Yuna (Album Review)

  • On September 27, 2012
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Review Overview

Lyrics
6.5
Production
7.8
7.2

Good

Yuna is a Malaysian singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been lighting up the indie-pop scene. Her style of Jazz vocals is soothing and her upbeat lyrics are inspiring. Everyone here at LYFSTYL thinks she’s pretty damn awesome.

Yuna has been singing since an early age and learned to play the guitar when she was 19. While studying for her law degree she used music as an outlet for creativity and managed to become a popular local musician. She described her early style as “a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay”. With the help of a few radio stations, Yuna became a Malaysian pop icon; all that took, just 2 years. Eventually, her celebrity status and talent attracted the attention of producers at The Fader Label.

In 2011, she decided to move to U.S.A and begin working with Fader on an album tailored for a worldwide release. Notable producers such as Pharell Williams, Chris Blade, James Bryan and Andre Harris worked with her to develop what became her first full English-language album. The album was released on April 24, 2012.

This album had quite a few tracks that were tailored for pop radio but it also had songs that really showcased Yuna’s Jazzy vocals and inspiring melodies. I enjoyed the latter and found myself in a bit of a conundrum. Well, not really, cause Yuna’s talent is undeniable and the fact I didn’t like all the songs isn’t a bad thing. In my opinion this was a fantastic effort but there’s room for improvement.

Words by Snipes