If You Leave - Daughter
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 6, 2013
    70
    What emerges is a fascinating, infinitely bleak break-up album, but one without the scope of Disintegration or the raw, intellectual power of Blood on the Tracks.
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    Even if their meditations on heartbreak and death can be overwhelming occasionally, If You Leave proves that Daughter can channel a single mood over the course of an entire album with often exquisite results.
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    There are a lot of topic sentences about If You Leave that won’t tell that story--the defiant moment, clearer and less guarded revelation--but it’s captivating to watch Tonra shake off the burden she’s locked herself up with.
  4. 80
    These cavernous guitar effects, corrosive beats, and inspiring melodic twists magnify If You Leave, an album with true grandeur and occasion.
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    The group's debut full-length album picks up where its EP left off. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.91]
  6. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Soaring and swooping in all the right places, there's no denying the gorgeous ethereal shimmer and dizzying demonstrative pull of these songs.
  7. 50
    Both musically and lyrically, Daughter ain’t half as clever as they clearly think they are (people get serious and clever mixed up a lot, weirdly).
  8. Mar 18, 2013
    80
    By turns, If You Leave is word-in-the-ear intimate and mountain-range massive.
  9. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    While all the elements are there it seems far too eager to drift into not only the background but also into itself, with it turning into musical wallpaper and into one, long indistinguishable track with worrying ease.
  10. Mar 18, 2013
    40
    Tonra's voice is breathy and sweet and unremarkable, breaking sometimes into a wrenched whisper, that should be heartbreaking but, more often than not, is just a bit grating.
  11. Mar 15, 2013
    90
    An album as beautifully conceived as If You Leave is one you follow from start to finish, riveted by the story it weaves and the emotion it bleeds.
  12. Mar 14, 2013
    60
    These songs are atmospheric, but feel calculatedly so, especially set against the overwrought poetry of Tonra's lyrics.
  13. Mar 14, 2013
    100
    Heavy it most certainly is, but Daughter succeed simply by creating phenomenally beautiful music and heart-rending songs.
  14. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    If You Leave is a damaged debut, then, but the way the hues of its bruises blend into each other is wholly hypnotic. It wants to love, again, but has chosen darkness.
  15. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    These fine-spun talents are too frequently suffocated by the album;s production, which ignores the songs' subtler details in favour of something more epic. [Apr 2013, p.89]
  16. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    There's an unwelcome hint of Florence Welch's swollen emotionalism on "Tomorrow," but the surging pop of "Touch" is more successful. [Apr 2013, p.69]
  17. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    There's stark simplicity to Tonra's lyrics that's evocative enough to consistently land emotional haymakers. `[Apr 2013, p.99]
  18. 95
    If You Leave is staggeringly beautiful from beginning to close, a catharsis that’s both bracing and woozily amniotic.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 25, 2015
    6
    If You Leave includes songs of quality such as Still and Human but sometimes you just don't see the diference between all the songs. ItIf You Leave includes songs of quality such as Still and Human but sometimes you just don't see the diference between all the songs. It definitely lacks of originality. Although Tonra's voice is sweet and authentic. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    Boas batidas e letras que acompanham o estilo Songwriter de Daughter, batidas leves e é um album daqueles de se ouvir o dia inteiro e não se cansar.
  3. May 30, 2014
    7
    Great lyrics, great vocal performances, but I kinda feel like this album is a bit overproduced and at times sounds a bit like Florence and theGreat lyrics, great vocal performances, but I kinda feel like this album is a bit overproduced and at times sounds a bit like Florence and the Machines. :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Full Review »