If You Wait

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If You Wait
London Grammar - If You Wait.png
Studio album by London Grammar
Released 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06)
Recorded 2012–13
Studio
Genre
Length 43:22
Label
Producer
London Grammar chronology
Metal & Dust
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If You Wait
(2013)
Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
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Singles from If You Wait
  1. "Metal & Dust"
    Released: 25 February 2013
  2. "Wasting My Young Years"
    Released: 16 June 2013
  3. "Strong"
    Released: 1 September 2013
  4. "Nightcall"
    Released: 8 December 2013
  5. "Hey Now"
    Released: 16 March 2014
  6. "Sights"
    Released: 1 June 2014[4]
  7. "If You Wait"
    Released: 12 October 2014[5]

If You Wait is the debut studio album by English indie pop band London Grammar, released on 6 September 2013 by Metal & Dust Recordings and Ministry of Sound. Seven singles have been released from the album: "Metal & Dust", "Wasting My Young Years", "Strong", "Nightcall", "Hey Now", "Sights" and "If You Wait". The album debuted at number two the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 33,130 copies.

Background[edit]

After the band signed with Ministry of Sound and Big Life Management they began the first sessions of the album in early 2012 with Cam Blackwood. Later that year he was replaced by Tim Bran and Roy Kerr. Hannah Reid described the collaboration as 'Tim is amazing at recording, of finding the best way of recording a guitar or my vocal. Roy had the strongest relationship with Dot and they worked on production together'.[6]

The album's lyrics are mainly based upon vocalist Hannah Reid's personal life, in particular her troubled teenage years,[7] prompting The Guardian to suggest that this was "the first quarter-life-crisis album."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
Clash 8/10[10]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[11]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[3]
The Independent 4/5 stars[12]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[13]
NME 7/10[14]
The Observer 3/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork 7.1/10[16]
PopMatters 9/10[17]

If You Wait received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 19 reviews.[8]

Andy Gill of The Independent summarised the album's production and instrumentation as "all beautifully sketched to evoke the crepuscular intimacies of the songs."[12]

A large quantity of praise went to the vocal ability of Reid, whose husky contralto vocals have been described as "defining and soulful" by Clash magazine[10] and "emotive" and "folky" by Drowned in Sound.[3] Her voice has been compared to artists like Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine,[18] Annie Lennox,[12][19] and Julee Cruise.[12] Benji Taylor of Pretty Much Amazing wrote a favourable review of the album, calling it "an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies." Vocalist Hannah Reid's voice was particularly praised: "underscored by an enduring brittle beauty and an underlying otherworldliness, as if she honed her craft singing amidst the gardens of Lothlorien, or some far-flung corner of Westeros."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

If You Wait entered the UK Albums Chart at number two, selling 33,130 copies in its first week.[20] In the United States, the album debuted at number 91 on the Billboard 200 with 4,000 copies sold.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Tim Bran, Roy Kerr and London Grammar, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Hey Now" Hannah Reid
  • Reid
  • Daniel Rothman
  • Dot Major
3:27
2. "Stay Awake" Reid
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Major
3:05
3. "Shyer" Reid
3:07
4. "Wasting My Young Years" Reid Reid 3:24
5. "Sights" Reid
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Major
4:13
6. "Strong" Reid
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Major
4:35
7. "Nightcall"
  • Belorgey
  • Homem-Christo
4:30
8. "Metal & Dust" Reid
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Major
3:28
9. "Interlude" (Live) Reid Reid 4:04
10. "Flickers"
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Reid
  • Rothman
  • Major
4:45
11. "If You Wait" Reid Reid 4:44
Total length: 43:22

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of If You Wait.[27]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[61] Platinum 30,000*
Germany (BVMI)[62] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] 2× Platinum 642,301[64]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
Australia 6 September 2013
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Dew Process [65][66][67][68]
LP Standard [69]
France 9 September 2013 CD Because [70]
United Kingdom
  • CD
  • digital download
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[71][72][73][74]
LP Standard [75]
United States 10 September 2013 Digital download Columbia [76]
Germany 11 October 2013 Deluxe [77]
15 November 2013 CD
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Island [78][79]
United States 25 March 2014 US standard Columbia [80]
Digital download US deluxe [23]
1 April 2014 LP US standard [81]
France 28 April 2014 LP + CD
  • Standard (LP)
  • deluxe (CD)
Because [82]
Japan 18 June 2014
  • CD
  • digital download
Japan standard Universal [24][83]
France 24 November 2014 CD Collector's Because [26]

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