Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

London Grammar - Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #492 / 722
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2017 Ratings: #417
June 9, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Metal & Dust, Sony / Label
Art Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405
Truths are both whispered and screamed here, and the band's inward wonder of translation and craft in sharing this with us makes the record illuminatingly beautiful.
80
The Line of Best Fit

With Truth is a Beautiful Thing London Grammar have created a world that knows when to be expansive and when to be introspective, building on their DNA and adding more dextrous, yet suitably restrained arrangements.

80
NME
They’re not exactly expected to diss Cameron in a thunderous, anti-Brexit attack, but they could still say more, or go beyond a default of singing about the complex ups and downs of relationships. Still, that doesn’t stop ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ from being an undisputed raising of the game.
80
Northern Transmissions
Their push away from a more reserved sonic range finds them growing impressively as a band while only feeling a little out of sync on the way they arrange the tracks on record.
80
DIY

It seems that not rushing a follow-up has allowed London Grammar to craft a record that’s hauntingly stark, yet staggeringly beautiful, possessing a rich musicality that even now, is mature beyond the band’s young years.

80
Clash
The main criticism you can level at the LP is that it lacks variety – that it doesn’t stray far enough from the space that the band so ably carved for themselves on their debut. Ultimately, though, this is a beautiful album that’s as absorbing as it is emotionally affecting.
80
Sputnikmusic
As a collective, the band handles all those ugly truths carefully. These songs wrap them up with neat little bows as if they could be souvenirs perched on the mantelpiece.
80
Dork
The magic of London Grammar runs deeper than just one natural talent, though. The band’s ability to match that strength with perfectly pitched arrangements is virtually unmatched.
75
Under The Radar

Whereas their first album kept things a touch too refined, on their long-awaited sophomore release Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, Reid and company enhance their songcraft to stunning, impressive effect.

75
Spectrum Culture
London Grammar has created a seemingly timeless and atmospheric record.
70
Drowned in Sound
There are moments of heart-stopping beauty throughout, as well as a newfound optimism that propels the songs to swelling heights.
70
AllMusic

While it's an overall relaxing experience, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing is never boring; it's a comforting and often heartbreaking listen that really gets under the skin, especially with Reid's emotive delivery.

70
musicOMH

The music of London Grammar continues to bewitch, soothe and inspire in equal measure, and when Truth Is A Beautiful Thing is at its best, it fully lives up to the title.

70
No Ripcord

For this band, it's all about the little touches. There's the echoing guitar on "Big Picture," the shuffling beat on "Hell to the Liars" and the wall of backing vocals on "Bones of Ribbon." It's these aspects working in sync that makes London Grammar's music so powerful.

60
The Independent

Sometimes, a single album is plenty. Though by no means worthless, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing offers such negligible advances over London Grammar’s debut If You Wait that it’s hard to imagine what they’ve spent the intervening four years doing, besides shovelling cash into bulging accounts.

60
PopMatters

While compelling, the trio did not exactly sound wildly original when they first emerged in 2013; in 2017, it is even harder to find a context for their work. London Grammar’s music remains gorgeous, but the band too often limits themselves with their own conservatism.

40
The Skinny

While the instrumentation on Truth is a Beautiful Thing still takes watered down cues from The xx, it also reveals what the whole melancholic echo-pop set owes to U2.

40
The Guardian

Their debut had moments of heft, but Truth Is a Beautiful Thing – which might as well be called Chillout Sessions: Ultimate Melancholy – drowns in its own despair.

40
The Observer
Mostly it sounds like the same long, portentous chillout sesh.
civilstarwars
65
puta merda não existe nada melhor que músicas feitas por jovens cansados e decepcionados com a vida
thethirdverse
NR
her voice can tell a story like no other.
NR
Melancholy at its best.
Br
71
They may have had one of my favourite moments from Osheaga, but the album doesn't hold me the way their live performance did
letitbelau
77
Subtle, peaceful and deeply melancholic. The harmony in her vocal chords and the instrumental is just a brilliant combination and makes you sink into the whole background story spectrum. God, I just love her voice so much.

Rooting For You 76
Big Picture 73
Wild Eyed 71
Oh Woman Oh Man 75
Hell to the Liars 88
Everyone Else 84
Non Believer 85
Bones of Ribbon 71
Who Am I 73
Leave the War With Me 70
Truth Is a Beautiful Thing 72
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#29/Fopp
#48/Dork
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Track List

  1. Rooting For You
  2. Big Picture
  3. Wild Eyed
  4. Oh Woman Oh Man
  5. Hell to the Liars
  6. Everyone Else
  7. Non Believer
  8. Bones of Ribbon
  9. Who Am I
  10. Leave the War With Me
  11. Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
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