‘If You Wait’ is an exceptionally mature album. This could be due to the smooth flowing and chilling vocals of Hannah Reid. This debut effort from British trio, London Grammar, is filled with tracks which could easily sail into and through the music industry as mere instrumentals.
If you want to get a taste of what London Grammar are all about, the song ‘Hey Now’ is a perfect sum up of the entire album. It’s just a shame that London Grammar are being labeled as a “lack lustered” and “sexless” The XX. This could all be down to Reid‘s vocals, which you can tell throughout the whole album, can show room for improvement; restraint from your true strength can be a good thing, but has it been dragged on too long from the songstress? Is she ready to emerge with an elemental power soon, or is she still going to keep up the vulnerable façade?
Overall, due to this emphasis on compositional restraint, you may feel like she is playing it too safe, and you’re stuck between the conclusion of whether the album as a whole is haunting or just boring, and you may wonder if she’s ever going to show what she’s capable of. Until then, we shall have to listen to mildly homogenous tracks which are clean cut and a little too uniform.
There’s lots of potential for London Grammar, but it’s just a pity that they aren’t ready to give us their all and, until then, they’re always going to be just outside the spotlight. Alas, you have to give this trio credit for functioning like a well-oiled machine, and they’ve produced a stylish debut in ‘If You Wait’ that demonstrates promising talent and impressive instincts.
Written by Lauryn Paige