Nocturnal - VERVE
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Gianna Hughes on November 4, 2013
With such buzz behind Yuna, one must wonder if the hype is warranted. The answer, unflinchingly, is yes. She comes during a wave of exceptional female-fronted alt-pop acts, including Haim, Chvrches and Quadron. These groups bend genres; no one is exempt from their appeal. Although Yuna has a singer-songwriter background, she has evolved past this format by, simply, challenging herself while remaining earnest in her songwriting. With Nocturnal, she has experimented not only with native Malaysian instruments but has collaborated with such producers as Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Robin Hannibal of Rhye and the aforementioned Quadron. In the case of Hannibal, who produced the album’s lead single, “Falling,” this partnership best exemplifies Yuna’s sonic potential. Much like Hannibal, she has an ear for blending pop, soul and R & B. And by partnering with this current industry power—plus various others—Yuna is only bound to continue to meet greater audiences internationally.