If You Wait

London Grammar - If You Wait
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #410 / 955
User Score
Based on 171 ratings
2013 Ratings: #80
September 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner/Chappell / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

This is an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies.

90
Drowned in Sound

If You Wait is a consistently rewarding and well executed record, that affords London Grammar more space to curate their poignant and spine tingling pop than before.

80
Consequence of Sound

Although The xx parallels are undeniably forthcoming, London Grammar’s innovative combinations of vocal and instrumentation are a unique, necessary progression. 

70
The Line of Best Fit

Although it is Reid’s voice that is always dominating proceedings, it is in fact the shy guitars and subtle production that make London Grammar interesting; strip them away and they have nothing but a big voice.

70
musicOMH

Overall, If You Wait is an accomplished first LP, one that features a number of spellbinding singles and some moments of genuine, heartfelt emotion.

70
DIY

London Grammar have created an album of graceful sophistication. That it never ventures far from its chosen path makes you wonder where their next move will be but for now this is more than big, tender and beguiling enough.

70
NME

Throughout their debut album London Grammar walk a fine line between haunting and boring.

60
The 405

Although Reid's vocals do set things off strongly, If You Wait just doesn't feel like it's going in any particular direction. 

77
If You Wait manages to capture a uniquely haunting atmosphere, through its minimal instrumentation, occasional breakbeats and Hannah Reid’s incredibly emotive vocals. It’s a great album for nighttime driving. So much so that it even has great cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall”, the ultimate night driving song.

Highlights: Shyer, Wasting My Young Years, Nightcall, Metal & Dust, If You Wait
76fex
71
An album that has yet to leave my headspace. I like this better than The xx’s
earthrain
94
Favorite songs: Strong / Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me / Wasting My Young years / Metal & Dust / Help Me Lose My Mind / Hey Now
letitbelau
78
Hey Now 75
Stay Awake 74
Shyer 76
Wasting My Young Years 75
Sights 82
Strong 79
Nightcall 85
Metal & Dust 77
Interlude (Live) 83
Flickers 75
If You Wait 72
ofiros
85
H Y P N O T I S I N G !
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Track List

  1. Hey Now
  2. Stay Awake 
  3. Shyer
  4. Wasting My Young Years
  5. Sights
  6. Strong
  7. Nightcall
  8. Metal & Dust
  9. Interlude (Live)
  10. Flickers 
  11. If You Wait
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Added on: September 2, 2013