If You Leave

Daughter - If You Leave
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2013 Ratings: #147 / 955
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
2013 Ratings: #105
March 18, 2013 / Release Date
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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.

83
This is actually stunning. I'd rate it higher if there was more sonic variation on the record. Still, I absolutely adore the band's sound and the songwriting here is gorgeous.
holsgr
73
☆☆☆½ ~ Remarkable album. I feel engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
caitofgoodhope
82
The soundtrack of the darkest time in my life. Moody, heart breaking, yet comforting at the same time.
69
Daughter arrive to the indie pop scene with a relatively distinctive chilly and dreamy sound, and vocalist Elena Tonrad's voice fits the mood they establish perfectly. They really never leave the haunting, slow-end-of-midtempo atmosphere over the course of the album, however, so the songs tend to blend into one another; a bit more variety could help.
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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