11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The color rouge is a bright tint of red—regal, confident, and, in the case of Yuna’s album of the same name, vibrant, as befitting a portrait of a woman who has arrived at a place that feels at once secure and awash in possibilities. In the three years since her previous album, Chapters, the Malaysian-born, LA-based singer saw her profile rise. She also got married, and the brooding, lovelorn songs of old have transformed into bright, self-assured pop music. When she croons, "I found the strength I'm looking for/I'll take it to forevermore," on the gauzy, triumphant single "Forevermore," it sounds like a declaration of victory over some past version of herself. If the three releases that preceded this were largely preoccupied with matters of the heart, this one swings wide to include kiss-offs directed at labels ("Castaway"), girl-power affirmations ("Pink Youth"), and critiques of social media ("Likes"). Fittingly, Rouge is her most collaborative project to date—rappers Tyler, The Creator, G-Eazy, Little Simz, and KYLE all appear, and they're just over half of the featured artists—but it's also her most evolved. Maturation reveals itself in the sleekness of her productions, which take in multiple eras of R&B-inspired pop, and in her lyrics, spotlighting Yuna in rosy shades of empowerment.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The color rouge is a bright tint of red—regal, confident, and, in the case of Yuna’s album of the same name, vibrant, as befitting a portrait of a woman who has arrived at a place that feels at once secure and awash in possibilities. In the three years since her previous album, Chapters, the Malaysian-born, LA-based singer saw her profile rise. She also got married, and the brooding, lovelorn songs of old have transformed into bright, self-assured pop music. When she croons, "I found the strength I'm looking for/I'll take it to forevermore," on the gauzy, triumphant single "Forevermore," it sounds like a declaration of victory over some past version of herself. If the three releases that preceded this were largely preoccupied with matters of the heart, this one swings wide to include kiss-offs directed at labels ("Castaway"), girl-power affirmations ("Pink Youth"), and critiques of social media ("Likes"). Fittingly, Rouge is her most collaborative project to date—rappers Tyler, The Creator, G-Eazy, Little Simz, and KYLE all appear, and they're just over half of the featured artists—but it's also her most evolved. Maturation reveals itself in the sleekness of her productions, which take in multiple eras of R&B-inspired pop, and in her lyrics, spotlighting Yuna in rosy shades of empowerment.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

KingNia22 ,

Yes ma’am.

Thank you Yuna for continuing to release music that is not only really good but also doesn’t sound like everything else in the music universe right now. Many blessings

KingBesh ,

Underrated

All the pure artists are so underrated.

NerdLol!! ,

Yuna, Yuna, Yuna!! :)

OMG!! I love your songs Yuna. I loved your songs from your other albums as well. Like, Mountains, Rescue, Lights and Camera, I wanna go, and much more.... You looked like you changed your personality a bit. But, you still have good songs. I enjoyed listening to it. Thank you. Just, maybe next time, not too many BAD WORDS. There are some songs I like from this album, and they have BAD WORDS, I am sorry but that is too much. But, you are one of my top favourite artists. Stay an awesome singer, and be a GOOD PERSON. :)

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