If You Wait

London Grammar - If You Wait
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #445 / 1023
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2013 Ratings: #94
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September 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner/Chappell / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

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

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.


The inner life of the walking wounded and the angst of embracing adulthood haven’t been this well documented on record in quite a long time and I can say without hesitance that If You Wait is a classic in the making.

Consequence of Sound

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

Under The Radar

If You Wait represents a strong argument for instrumental austerity.


A remarkably consistent debut album.

This trio already functions like a well-oiled machine, and they've produced a stylish debut that demonstrates both their immense talent and impressive instincts.
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.


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


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.


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

With obvious nods to the unfussy, reverbed guitar motifs of the xx, alongside Hannah Reid's beautiful, emotive vocal ability -- which rises and falls with an alarmingly disarming effect -- the album is a practice in refrain, where each song is pushed to the brink of an inevitable climax and achingly, no further.
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. 

American Songwriter
There’s no dancing allowed but anyone looking for a calm come-down after a night at the clubs, London Grammar speaks your language.
The Guardian
This pairing of the ethereal and the visceral makes for an interesting enough album, albeit one that sometimes begs for a kick in the backside
Time Out London
Notwithstanding some nice downbeat touches, this is an undercooked and monotonous debut
A warm debut of contemporary pop, programmed to be on fire every sunset, due to its neutral character, which does not prefer either the bright light of the day or the intimate shadows of the night time.
Probably one of the strongest debut, I ever listened to. I wish they were a bit more productive, I miss them terribly.
A ver, reconozco los truquitos musicales que emplea este hibrido entre Florence + The Machine y The XX, pero es que estan tan bien empleados y generan una atmosfera tan envolvente y cautivadora... y que decir de la voz de ella.
01. ★★★★☆ Hey Now
02. ★★★★☆ Stay Awake
03. ★★★★☆ Shyer
04. ★★★★☆ Wasting My Young Years
05. ★★★★★ Sights
06. ★★★★☆ Strong
07. ★★★★★ Nightcall
08. ★★★★☆ Metal & Dust
09. ★★★☆☆ Interlude (Live)
10. ★★★☆☆ Flickers
11. ★★★★☆ If You Wait
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
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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