Review: Chapters by Yuna

Chapters by YunaThe album’s title says it all: Chapters, the fourth album from Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, is a turn of the page, an attempt to try something new. After years of focusing squarely on the winsome sort of indie-folk that has endeared her to the flat white crowd, she shifts gears, pursuing a more R&B-grounded sound, the sort that muddles the 90s with the now. Well, that was inevitable: her voiced suited that, and her songs after the release of her international breakthrough Nocturnal suggested such a direction. It does take some getting used to, but that’s down to how versatile Yuna turns out to be. Genre change aside, there will be a point when you notice its her – although you will have to strain if you mix it with similar songs from other artists – and the result is an interesting pop record that rewards repeat listens. [NB]4/5

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