If You Leave

Daughter - If You Leave
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2013 Ratings: #161 / 1035
User Score
Based on 229 ratings
2013 Ratings: #96
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March 18, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Glassnote / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Heavy it most certainly is, but Daughter succeed simply by creating phenomenally beautiful music and heart-rending songs.

95
The Line of Best Fit

This isn’t a difficult album at all: If You Leave is staggeringly beautiful from beginning to close, a catharsis that’s both bracing and woozily amniotic.

90
The 405

This album will resonate with so many people due to the widespread agony of lost love, with each song analysing a different aspect of the fallout.

90
Drowned in Sound

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.

90
Loud and Quiet
While Radiohead’s subsequent relationship with guitar music is well documented, on present evidence Daughter are picking up the reins.
80
The Fly

‘If You Leave’ is word-in-the-ear intimate and mountain-range  massive.

80
Consequence of Sound

These cavernous guitar effects, corrosive beats, and inspiring melodic twists magnify If You Leave, an album with true grandeur and occasion. 

80
The Skinny

With meditations on innocence and responsibility, If You Leave is necessary tonic in more cavalier and restless times.

70
PopMatters

For an earnestly constructed record such as it is ... If You Leave is an album about something far messier. 

70
No Ripcord

Daughter have crafted a resonant album, but one that demands to be taken for slightly more than it has to offer.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
Sputnikmusic

For the most part of If You Leave, the band succeed at shirking the batshit obsession route whilst still managing to sound interesting, sincere, and rather moving.

60
DIY

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.

60
The Guardian
These songs are atmospheric, but feel calculatedly so, especially set against the overwrought poetry of Tonra's lyrics. "I'm a suffocator," she recognises on Smother: there is space in these songs but no oxygen, no air.
50
NME

There’s beauty here in heaps, and by leaning a bit less hard on the heartbreak pedal, turning down the reverb and letting that wild youth out a bit more, they can become a Daughter we’re truly proud to call our own.

CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
caitofgoodhope
82
The soundtrack of the darkest time in my life. Moody, heart breaking, yet comforting at the same time.
WildChameleon
76
If you leave have some of the best gems in modern indie pop (winter and youth are so good, still is great too and the other tracks are solid to great). If only it didn't lack some nuances ...
JayCrackers
92
This album is beautiful. It gives you hope whilst giving you your emotions are rough time. The vocals are amazing and touching, the instrumentals compliment the vocals amazing and reflects the moody style amazing. Daughter is one of those bands which I am always excited for now since their last 2 albums

TRACK REVIEW

Winter 8.5/10
Smother 10/10
Youth 10/10
Still 9.5/10
Lifeforms 8.5/10
Tomorrow 9/10
Human 8.5/10
Touch 9/10
Amsterdam 9/10
Shallows 10/10

AVERAGE 9.2/10
wowmuchmusic
70
"If You Leave" is Daughter's melancholic, dreamy debut album. It's a very cohesive project, the instrumentals often focusing on reverberated guitars coupled with pounding drums; it all sounds a little distant from you. Most of the time, the band manages to execute that style very nicely, creating a unique atmosphere. However, some songs sound too much alike and simply stand out less than others.

Favorites: Winter, Youth, Still, Tomorrow
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Track List

  1. Winter
  2. Smother
  3. Youth
  4. Still
  5. Lifeforms
  6. Tomorrow
  7. Human
  8. Touch
  9. Amsterdam
  10. Shallows
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Added on: January 10, 2013