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London Grammar: If You Wait [Album Review]

Words by Jacqui Wonder.

London Grammar’s debut album If You Wait has a thoroughly melancholy, haunting and yet defiant flavour, propelled forward by soaring, vulnerable vocals from virtuoso Hannah Reid.

Self-confessed perfectionists, Dan, Dot and Hannah, embrace subtlety, contrast and restraint having spent over 18 months writing and recording the eleven-tracks. With a full complement of guitar, keys, percussion and synth layering the album in perfect moderation, you feel as though you’re on the tipping point throughout, as though at any moment a track could completely unleash.

Even with their rendition of Kavinsky‘s electro epic ‘Nightcall,’ the trio, in a restrained, precise execution, re-create a gloomy, brooding and all-at-once edge-of-your-seat experience.

Other highlights include standout singles ‘Hey Now’ (reminiscent of Moby‘s chill-wave style), ‘Wasting My Young Years’ (racked up just shy of 1 million YouTube views at time of writing) and ‘Strong’ (perfect example of the modern gal’s ballad).

It’s easy to lose yourself in Hannah’s vocals on this album, which have been compared to powerhouse Florence Welch, and featured on Disclosure’s debut album Settle – but if that’s all you take from this transcendent album, listen harder.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Here is the above mentioned single ‘Wasting My Young Years’:

‘Strong’ is the album’s latest, precious single:

Click here to check out our interview with London Grammar’s Dan Rothman.

If You Wait is out this Friday, September 6. Pre-order now. | |

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  1. Jenn says:

    Awesome review. I’ve been streaming their entire album here all day. Can’t wait till they’re in my town! You should look at their tour dates here and see them live!

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