If You Wait (LP)


London Grammar

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Amoeba Review

03/24/2014

London Grammar are so young and fresh-faced, it’s hard to believe they could make music this developed. Nocturnal rhythms, stately melodies and the husky, emotive vocals of Hannah Reid come together beautifully on If You Wait. Like their brethren The xx, London Grammar know the difference between casting a entrancing spell and wallowing. The rhythms in “Wasting My Young Years” pick up at just the right moment, lifting the mood of the song, and the album, just when it was in danger of losing steam. They’ve been labeled as trip-hop—you could see why, judging by “Stay Awake’s” sampled drum set—but London Grammar are firmly millennial, keeping things cool and tasteful. When Reid really goes for it though, as on the showstopping “Strong,” she breaks a hole through the black dome in which many of the album’s songs reside, then immediately brings it back down to earth with a spare, affecting cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” that’s even more spine-tingling than the Drive-soundtracking original. You may feel like London Grammar are too young to be so elegantly bummed out, but they sure make it sound great.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hey Now
London Grammar 03:21
2.
Stay Awake
London Grammar 03:04
3.
Shyer
London Grammar 03:05


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wasting My Young Years
London Grammar 03:19
2.
Sights
London Grammar 04:13
3.
Strong
London Grammar 04:34


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Nightcall
London Grammar 04:28
2.
Metal & Dust
London Grammar 03:28
3.
Interlude
London Grammar 03:59


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Flickers
London Grammar 04:43
2.
If You Wait
London Grammar 04:46

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