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For me 2013 had some great debut albums, I am always looking out for the latest musical talent and scour Spotify for the latest gems and when I found London Grammar I became a huge fan pretty quickly through listening again and again to their album "If You Wait" London Grammar are British trip-hop trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic 'Dot' Major. Reid and Rothman met at Nottingham University and later joined forces with Dominic Major to form the group. They moved down to London after finishing their studies to pursue Music. They started gaining some buzz in late 2012 when they posted "Hey now" on YouTube, the track quickly gained a fanbase and they released an EP a couple of months later.
**If You Wait**
If You Wait was released on 9 September 2013 on Metal & Dust Recordings, The album debuted at number two the UK Albums Chart, selling 33,130 copies in its first week. The album has been critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike ranking amongst many "best of" lists for 2013 including mine.
1.) Hey Now
This is a lovely opener, it starts with some gentle keys and then develops when Hannah's vocals come in with an emotive delivery. The drum loops are intermittent and add a decent sound to the background. Although this was the first song released online from the album it was actually the fourth single from "If You Wait". The melodies are soothing and Hannah's vocals are really well judged. The gentle keys and guitar are well judged too and result in an excellent song all round.
2.) Stay Awake
This track builds slowly from a gentle opening and has a lovely relaxed feel about it. Gentle guitar strums and emotive piano combine with a simple yet effective drum sequence to give Hannah's vocals the perfect backing. Another well delivered track to open the album, It has some catchy licks and loops and Hannah Reid's vocals keep the emotive feel really well. This is another very strong track from the album
This is a lovely track which has some simple guitar licks and piano part but builds with the distinctive vocal from Hannah Reid, The beats come in with a punch and work well with the guitar and piano. This was the fifth single released from the album and is up there with the best tracks on the album. I really like the way it builds and Hannah's vocals come through.
4.) Wasting My Young Years
This is a fantastic song which builds slowly with some gentle keys and Hannah's distinctive vocals really shine throughout. This was the second single from the album and is about when you look back on a bad relationship wondering why you stayed for so long. Her vocal tone is very good indeed and she emotes so well. The instrumentation is also strong and delivers a simple yet effective melody that really works well with the vocals. Good stuff.
This is a lovely piano led ballad which again showcases Hannah's vocals. The musical backing comes courtesy of keyboard effects, the silky guitar tones and some punchy, but quite gentle beats. This track is another one that builds really well. It's one of the best tracks on the album and showcases the talents of all three members.
This was the third single from the album, It opens with a gentle guitar part with some gentle beats and then Hannah's vocals come in. This is certainly one of their most well known tracks and has a lovely sound. It builds wonderfully well and has some excellent instrumentation and as it develops the music becomes more centre stage. Hannah's vocals are well defined and emotive. This is one of my favourites from the album and has a lot going for it.
Opening with a lovely piano part, this track has a seductive and relaxed feel. The gentle guitar joins the piano to create a subtle sound. The vocals from Hannah Reid are again emotive and are perfect with the backing. This is another excellent track which builds really well. This was the sixth and final single released from the album and is one of the best tracks on the album for sure.
8.) Metal & Dust
This was the first single released from the album, It's starts off as a gentle track with some soft guitar tones and then later develops with some punchy beats which add a nice feel and twist around things rather well. Hannah's vocals are again well performed and combine well with the musical backing. I really like the combination of the gentle vocals and piano with the punchy beats and hooks. It shows a different side to the trio and really works well.
This is a beautifully done track which has a very simple piano piece which is beautifully done, Hannah's vocals are again excellent and the combination of piano and her vocals is really soothing. The simple percussion and guitar then come in and build the track well. This is one of the finest tracks on the album and really showcases the beauty of their music. One of the best tracks on the album for sure.
This track opens with some catchy percussion and guitar which shows a different sound to the album, This is another track that develops well and when it's in full flow it is an impressive track which again showcases the great vocals from Hannah Reid and the diversity of the trio. The track is about not being able to get someone out of your mind. It builds really well.
11.) If You Wait
The album ends on the title track which is up there with the best on the album, It's an ethereal track with some lovely sounds which are subtle and really emotive. Hannah's vocals are again superb. This wasn't a single but is a live favourite and has a superb feel. It really showcases the superbly emotive delivery that Hannah Reid brings with her vocals. It's a superb closer on the album and is a superb example of the trio's talents.
I had known of London Grammar for a few months before delving into their music, I am so glad I did decide to listen to them as they are undoubtedly one of my tips from 2013. They combine beauty, diversity and emotion to create a distinctive sound that is very good indeed. Hannah Reid is a superb singer who knows exactly how to emote. I would recommend this album to anyone who has heard of London Grammar but not yet actually listened to them properly. It's a really superb album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Hey Now
2 Stay Awake
4 Wasting My Young Years
8 Metal & Dust
11 If You Wait