Not To Disappear

Daughter - Not To Disappear
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Based on 34 reviews
2016 Ratings: #373 / 947
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Based on 334 ratings
2016 Ratings: #280
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The Skinny

Not to Disappear is shattering throughout: a brooding sound board, crackling guitars, unsettling beats and Tonra buried in there somewhere, documenting unspeakable hurt, graphic and unfiltered.

Daughter’s signature - and their staying power - is in how they balance the harshest of subject matters with groundbreaking beauty.

Daughter could have been forgiven for producing another album like their debut, but they took a brave step in embracing innovation. The beautiful Not to Disappear is their reward, and ours.


Think The Cure’s Disintegration, Slowdive’s Souvlaki or even Coldplay’s first two records. Daughter has that majestic, glacial sound and the fire to warm you when it gets too cold.

Loud and Quiet
Daughter are a band with a highly unique musical identity, and while that identity has only developed a little since their 2013 debut, ‘Not To Disappear’ drips class from every icy hook.
Drowned in Sound
It’s not so much sidestepped the perils of the second album as trampled them, taking the sound that won the band all those packed festival tents and driving it forward.
The Line of Best Fit
There is a feeling of confidence that laps beneath this second album – the sound is more certain and knows itself better.
'Not To Disappear' might pick up where 'If You Leave' left off, but it's a far more powerful, affecting and confident record. There's a fresh, subtle aggression to the music in places ... and the franker lyrical approach makes the sentiments within even more capable of breaking your heart than before.

Despite the dark emotions on display, Not To Disappear is the sort of album that can sound oddly comforting, one to which you can gaze out on a bleak and snowy landscape, while musing over January’s travails, and take some sort of solace in. That’s the sort of thing Daughter do so well.

The 405
There's precisely zero shame in sounding tentative and overly reliant on your influences on your first LP; there's plenty of credit, though, in following it up with a second effort that burns with quiet flair.
Altogether, the record beautifully distills what it means to be human and to experience pain, but with far greater nuance and maturity than their debut.

It’s a subtle progression for the trio, the band honing their craft to produce a record that is equal parts compelling as it is isolating.


Not to Disappear is as bleak and painful as its predecessors, but it balances that with an adventurousness in composition and a clarity in storytelling that makes these reminders of love and loss almost reassuring.

Under The Radar

Uplifted by a striking new force of sound from partners Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, Tonra once again courageously emerges from the dark with something to impart, the voice for delicate souls pressing forward.

Consequence of Sound

Not to Disappear builds on many of the same themes that dominated 2013’s If You Leave, but with an added layer of universality.

A.V. Club

That Not To Disappear does sound so similar to other artists can be an occasional detriment. However, Daughter steers these influences into new territory by employing brutal lyrical honesty.


Altogether elegant, moving, and often beautiful, Not to Disappear leaves Daughter, without question, on the heavier side of the emotional spectrum, but, like the Cure's "Dark Trilogy" 35 years prior, is sure to connect deeply with some listeners and stand out not only among pop contemporaries but among other emotive, textured indie pop.


It seems the only ­professional help Daughter sought was in the form of new producer Nicolas Vernhes, who colors this terrific sophomore set with fresh shades of gray.


For all Not to Disappear’s forward strides, something remains of the debut’s pallor, and with it a niggling suspicion that, despite their commercial inferiority to the xx, Florence and the Machine, and even Foals, Daughter have no spicy condiments for those groups’ bread and butter.

Rolling Stone
It's as though we're being read a diary, composed with no need to jazz things up for an audience.
No Ripcord

The scope and variety of Not To Disappear’s songs are too narrow for any kind of epiphany to arise from juxtaposition or sequencing, and what’s left is merely a collection of listenable but unremarkable songs.

Pretty Much Amazing

A few tracks have prominent redeeming factors, but the majority convey the message that they’re desperately trying to appeal to empathy by sounding as sad as possible. It’s a fundamentally misguided approach. Sadness is an effective musical tool, but not when it’s this monotonous.

The Guardian

Not to Disappear is an album that self-loathes as much as it rigorously self-indulges.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Every aspect of the album sounds like the full-length equivalent of a Spotify Chill Out playlist: flat, disposable, inoffensive (though “technically-sound”) 2010s muzak.
I really like the fact Daughter went in a bit more of an experimental direction here. It feels grander in terms of the production while still having their relaxing and dreamy sound. While the album sounds really great in places, I think this album lacks the repeatability of their debut album. I wish that there were more moments where the melody was given the same care as the atmosphere. Overall it's still pretty good, it's just not something I really come back to. My favorite tracks are New ... read more
I don’t actually quite understand all of the hate with this, I enjoyed it a lot.

Maybe because I don’t always focus on lyrics and deciphering them or their importance as much as I do the overall sound of the record and how it makes me feel
A lot changes when you add the 's'
Daughter return with a smooth, dreamy record that showcases the indie/dream-pop influences that made them what they are today. It is, overall, a form-over-content work that relies heavily on sound effects and ambience to build the emotive and melancholic experience desired by the band. There are a few standout moments, mainly on the first half where things still sound fresh, but not for a long time. The album desperately needs variation and dynamics, in opposition to the dreary, sometimes too ... read more
On their sophomore album, Daughter explores a much more heavy and cinematic sound than they did on their debut.
It's a quite dense record, with many of the songs being 5:00 minutes or longer, but non of the songs end up feeling to long, there is a steady progression in each song, that just works very well and keeps the listener focused and intrigued.
With 'Not To Disappear' Daughter have shown that the success of their debut was not a one of, and it will certainly be interesting to follow ... read more
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Added on: September 30, 2015