Editors’ Notes Inspired by ambient dubstep and acts such as Everything But the Girl and Portishead, London Grammar's If You Wait is white-hot, a melancholy triumph of mood and nuance. With mournful pianos and jazzy breakbeats, soaring strings, and delicate guitars—all of it anchored by Hannah Reid's freight train of a voice—the album handily transcends easy comparisons to groups like The xx and Florence + The Machine. "Wasting My Young Years" sets Reid's wistful regrets against a backdrop of pianos and a shuffling house beat, while "Metal & Dust" incorporates a slinking garage rhythm. Then there are songs like "Strong," the sonics of which (pianos, guitars, a distant beat) mostly just smolder under Reid's colossal cooing.

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Hey Now
1
3:27
 
Stay Awake
2
3:05
 
Shyer
3
3:07
 
Wasting My Young Years
4
3:24
 
Sights
5
4:13
 
Strong
6
4:35
 
Nightcall
7
4:30
 
Metal & Dust
8
3:28
 
Interlude (Live)
9
4:04
 
Flickers
10
4:45
 
If You Wait
11
4:45
 

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