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If You Wait
     

If You Wait

4.5 2
by London Grammar
 
English trio London Grammar have quietly amassed a body of atmospheric, electronic pop material since they first posted "Metal & Dust" on the internet in 2012. Partnered with an appearance on Disclosure's Mercury-nominated album Settle, the Nottingham University alumni had set the internet hype machine

Overview

English trio London Grammar have quietly amassed a body of atmospheric, electronic pop material since they first posted "Metal & Dust" on the internet in 2012. Partnered with an appearance on Disclosure's Mercury-nominated album Settle, the Nottingham University alumni had set the internet hype machine in motion, less than a year after forming. With obvious nods to the unfussy, reverbed guitar motifs of the xx, alongside Hannah Reid's beautiful, emotive vocal ability -- which rises and falls with an alarmingly disarming effect -- the album is a practice in refrain, where each song is pushed to the brink of an inevitable climax and achingly, no further. The percussive production, synths, and basslines provided by multi-instrumentalist Dot Major, build on this sense of drama and urgency and are displayed perfectly in one of the highlights of the record, "Wasting My Young Years." Its throbbing chorus is chastened by the slow-burning synths and guitars that come together with stunning results when coupled with Reid's vocal delivery. The obvious confidence Reid has in her own voice belies the apparent vulnerability in the words she sings throughout, and the piano ballad "Strong" is testament to the loneliness and heartbreak that encapsulates the brooding feel of the album, which conflicts with the almost upbeat, danceable moments scattered amongst "Flickers" and "Stay Awake." They pay homage to their electronic influences mid-album with a rework of Kavinsky's "Nightcall" that unfolds gently into one of the most boisterous cuts on the record. It's no surprise that Reid's strong vocals are at the forefront of London Grammar's sound, and her voice dominates their music in much the same way as Florence Welch's does in Florence + the Machine. However, although at times they come close to overshadowing the subtle instrumentation provided by Major and Dan Rothman, it's actually the intrinsic balance between the contributions of all three that defines their sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888430399129
catalogNumber:
303991
Rank:
17549

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Performance Credits

London Grammar   Primary Artist
Tim Bran   Keyboards
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Tim Bran   Programming,Producer
Tony Stanton   String Preparation
Jazz Summers   Management
Tim Parry   Management
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Composer
Ross Allen   Management
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Daniel Rothman   Composer,Lyricist
Joel Pott   Composer
Mat Maitland   Art Direction
Emile Haynie   Producer
Roy Kerr   Programming,Producer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Markus Karlsson   Art Direction
Vincent Belorgey   Composer
Manon Grandjean   Engineer
London Grammar   Producer
Hannah Reid   Composer,Lyricist
Dot Major   Composer,Programming
Ben Siegal   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Manon Granjean   Engineer

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If You Wait 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible album. The recording quality is superb. These are three amazing young musicians.