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Sunday November 3, 2013 MYT 3:06:00 PM
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Review by ANGELIN YEOH
LOCAL singer-songwriter Yuna, who has been based in the United States for the last three years, has finally released her full-length debut album under the Verve Records label. Earlier this year, she gave fans a sampling of her mainstream credentials with her Sixth Street digital EP.
Nocturnal is the album that carries Yuna’s hopes of an international breakthrough. It features 11 tracks, including songs produced by The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo, Dutch remixer Robin Hannibal and Incubus’ guitarist Mike Einziger.
On this album, Yuna, 27, experiments with different sounds and musical arrangements while stretching her vocals abilities to reach new heights. There are more urban beats, various ambient sounds and instruments to go with her voice. For example, lead single Falling (produced by Hannibal) starts off with traditional music lines (is that a gambang kayu – xylophone?) and then later it morphs into a breezy indie pop song.Lights And Camera is a smooth R&B number where Yuna sings about staying grounded while navigating the lures of fame. On I Want You Back, Yuna yearns for a former lover while breathlessly singing against the sound of clapping hands.
Yuna reminds me of Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes fame) on Colours, where she tells a lover to hang on to their relationship. The slow number takes listeners back to Yuna’s pre-Verve Records days where her music was much simpler. Compare this album to her earlier releases and you’d notice that Yuna is not longer just the girl with the guitar.
With Nocturnal, she steps out of her comfort zone to show off bold new sounds and beats possibly influenced by her new collaborators. Fans would also love the fact that vocally, Yuna proves she’s not just another dreamy-voiced bedroom singer.
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