If You Wait - London Grammar
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the London trio includes "Help Me Lose My Mind," its collaboration with Disclosure. [US edition includes "Maybe," "High Life," and a remix of "Strong."]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 91
    This is an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    It's an assured collection of 11 songs that capture a mixture of exhilaration and heartbreak that is all their own.
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    80
    There's beauty in the band's hesitancy, young musicians feeling their way forward together.
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    London Grammar have created an album of graceful sophistication.
  5. Oct 17, 2013
    70
    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.
  6. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    This pairing of the ethereal and the visceral makes for an interesting enough album, albeit one that sometimes begs for a kick in the backside.
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    60
    It lacks variety, but with a debut this clear-eyed they earn enough musical credit to stay in the black until next time. [Nov 2013, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    9
    London grammar deliver an outstandingly mature debut. If You Wait is emotional, uplifting and stunningly beautiful. The use of trippy, light and airy dance beats along with strong, lung-busting vocals creates an album that is pushing music into the future and the cover of Kavinsky's Nightcall is inspired. If there is any down side to If You Wait, its the ballads on the album, they could be stronger. Expand
  2. Jan 15, 2014
    9
    Homogêneo, emocional e inspirador. Acho uma mistura da parte instrumentalista de The xx e um pouco vocal de Florence Welch, não é exatamente uma comparação de estilo, mas sim, de qualidade. If You Wait é de longe, um dos melhores álbuns de 2013 e vale a pena cada segundo, cada música ou cada nota que se ouve. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    British trip-hop band London Grammar's debut album If You Wait is great - sporting strong vocals by Hannah Reid and great music design, this album features many fantastic tracks such as Sights, Wasting My Young Years, the smash-hit single Strong, a fantastic cover of Kavinsky memorable hit Nightcall and plenty of other great tracks. Some of the tracks aren't as strong (pun not intended) as others but overall this is a fantastic debut album. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2013
    8
    The London Grammar very original group! With original, but at the same time commercial sounding. At Hanna Read possesses the magnificent deep, shrill vocal, not conceding such soul the giant as Adele and Lana Del Ray! For me it is one of the main opening of year! And this album just proved me it! It is very soft, pleasant and attracts with it the listener. They have a big future! Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2013
    8
    'If You Wait' is undoubtedly beautiful, however it lacks a bit of diversity. Front girl Hannah Reid's impeccable vocals more than make up for it, though. A perfect album for chill autumn evenings but not something that would keep you interested. Overall it's a nice debut. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2014
    7
    The new London Grammar album is anything but derivative which works to its advantages and (somewhat) disadvantages. The entire album is cohesively sombre, dark and beautiful that is almost reminiscent of early Florence + The Machine but only stripped down to the core and the trio couldn’t be more deserving of the same success and recognition. The only problem with If You Wait is the absence of a standout track that it would seem to be a hard task to recognize a torch piece for this album as each track tries to play along a common ground that nothing soars above. Quite a misfire for a band that has the potential to garner mainstream limelight. It might not be fully recognized yet but the promise is definitely there if this album is any indication.

    Listen to: Strong, Nightcall, Metal & Dust
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  7. Apr 9, 2014
    5
    Her vocals are like a second rate Florence Welch. They have tried really hard to be mature and moody but all the mournful, dreary wailing gets a bit much after a while. Their more upbeat tracks (2 out of 14 tracks on the deluxe album) are by far their most interesting. Cheer the f__ up London Grammar. Life is not that bad!!!? Expand

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