Nocturnal (Yuna album)

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Studio album by
Released29 October 2013
Yuna chronology
Yuna international albums chronology
Singles from Nocturnal
  1. "Rescue"
    Released: 27 August 2013
  2. "Falling"
    Released: 29 October 2013

Nocturnal is the third studio album and second international album by Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna. It was released on 29 October 2013 by Verve Records. The album was preceded by the release of the lead single "Rescue", which was released on 27 August 2013. Nocturnal debuted and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

Background and development[edit]

On September 4, 2013, Yuna released the cover artwork for Nocturnal, which depicts her in a floral foreground setting.[1] The official track listing for the album was confirmed by ARTISTdirect on 13 September.[2] On 25 October, the album was made available for streaming in full before it was released.[3]


"Rescue" was released as Nocturnal's lead single on 27 August 2013.[4] It garnered a positive review from MTV Hive, who described the song as a "kick-yourself-in-the-ass ray of sunshine".[5] On 24 September, an official lyric video for the single was released, in which fans were asked to submit Polaroid images with the song's lyrics written beneath them.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.0/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic4.0/5 stars[8]
PopMatters7.0/10 stars[10]
Boston GlobePositive[11]

Upon release, Nocturnal received rave reviews from contemporary music critics. Matt Collar of AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars, stating that it delivers a "delicate girl power vibe", while comparing Yuna's vocals to those of Sixpence None the Richer's Leigh Nash and English recording artist Ellie Goulding.[12] The Boston Globe's Ken Capobianco gave the album a positive review, noting that it "fleshes out her [Yuna's] acoustic soul while moving toward dance territory".[13] MTV Iggy's Laura Studarus described the album as a guide towards a twinking blend of different genres.[14]

Track listing[edit]

4."Lights and Camera"
  • Zarai
  • Hannibal
5."Lovely Intermission"Keith3:55
6."Someone Who Can"Hugo3:40
7."I Want You Back"
  • Zarai
  • Jenna Andrews
  • Kjellberg
  • Barfod
8."Come Back"
  • Zarai
  • James Bryan
  • Lowell Boland
  • Zarai
  • Braide
10."I Wanna Go"ZaraiMichael Einziger3:42
  • Zarai
  • Braide
Total length:41:28


Chart (2013) Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 27

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label
United States 29 October 2013 CD, LP, digital download[17] Verve Records


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  2. ^ "See the Track Listing for Yuna's 'Nocturnal'". ARTISTdirect. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Ryan Seacrest - Yuna's 'Nocturnal' Album Stream: Listen Before It's Released". Ryan Seacrest Official Website. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rescue - Single by Yuna". iTunes Store (United States). Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (28 August 2013). "Yuna Believes We Can Save Ourselves In Light, Bright Single 'Rescue'". MTV Hive. Retrieved 30 May 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Yuna's lyric video for "Rescue"". sheknows. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Collar, Matt. "Yuna - Nocturnal". AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Nocturnal – Yuna". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  9. ^ V. Grier, Chaka (October 25, 2013). "Yuna Nocturnal". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Faulkner, Brent (January 27, 2014). "Yuna: Nocturnal". PopMatters. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Capobianco, Ken (November 11, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Yuna, ′Nocturnal′". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Nocturnal - Yuna - AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  13. ^ Capobianco, Ken (11 November 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Yuna, 'Nocturnal' - Music - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 May 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ Studarus, Laura (7 November 2013). "Reviewed: Yuna's Nocturnal". MTV Iggy. Retrieved 30 May 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Nocturnal (Deluxe Edition) by Yuna". iTunes Store (United States). Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Yuna Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  17. ^ Digital download: