Rough Trade recommends: London Grammar, If You Wait

I am not sure what the judges for the Mercury Prize were looking for so I cannot understand how this album didn’t make onto their short list.

In fact I am surprised that it didn’t win the whole bang shooting match – there have not been many, if any, better albums released this year, and being a debut makes it even more astounding.

Imagine a less histrionic Florence Welch singing over an XX style minimal musical backing, where no note is superfluous and every sound has a purpose.

Every track on the album is high quality, focused, honed down songwriting – it took them 2 years to finish the album but it was time well spent. Vocalist Hannah Reid has more variation than Florence, ranging from full on almost X Factor style over-emoting to emotional, whispered and hauntingly beautiful singing, while the jazzy and electronic music never overwhelms her and allows her to be the centre of attraction.

Nigel House, co-founder, Rough Trade record shops

Buy If You Wait on CD or vinyl

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