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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Four years after their debut, English trio London Grammar returned with their sophomore set, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, featuring production by Jon Hopkins (Imogen Heap, Coldplay), Paul Epworth (Florence + the Machine, Adele), and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia). Once again, vocalist Hannah Reid takes center stage with her powerful, angelic instrument, which can stir the soul at the smokiest depths before jolting everything to the heavens in a fashion much like Florence Welch or Annie Lennox. Dan Rothman and Dominic Major provide lush accompaniment to Reid's voice, creating a gorgeous cinematic landscape that ranges from dreamlike wisps to fully enveloping grandeur. The first half of the album takes time to pick up, as Reid slowly eases listeners into "Wild Eyed," an expansive moment that recalls 2013's "Hey Now." The thumping heartbeat of "Oh Woman, Oh Man" gives the band equal time to shine. Other highlights include the throbbing "Non Believer," the uplifting Florence-esque "Bones of Ribbon," and the sweeping "Leave the War with Me." These tracks provide a much-needed jolt of energy to balance the album's other quieter moments, which tend to lull the listener into a dreamlike haze. While it's an overall relaxing experience, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing is never boring; it's a comforting and often heartbreaking listen that really gets under the skin, especially with Reid's emotive delivery. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2014 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2021 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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This third album from the Nottingham trio opens like the beginning of a movie, with an airy Intro accompanied by waves of violins... Then they get straight down to business on the second track, Californian Soil, which gives the album its title. Hannah Reid's voice has never been so gripping and masterful, both icy and red hot at the same time. The violins are present throughout. The only element that makes it possible to date the track to the present day is the electronic rhythm: a bit of downtempo nostalgia that is reminiscent of nineties trip hop. A video was made for the track with a rather dark aesthetic, a poetic blur and beach scenes reminiscent of David Hamilton's seventies photographs. The experience continues with Missing on which Hannnah Reid's ever-present virtuoso voice is amplified by echoes acting like a gospel choir. Speaking about the album, the singer explained that it mainly deals with themes such as feminism and celebrity - major trends of our time. She writes, “This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, ‘Why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way, to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?’” Speaking about success, she refers to the group’s previous record, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, released in 2017. By way of answers, the twelve tracks that make up Californian Soil indeed see Hannah take possession of the band and its reflections and attachment to the deepest of feelings, as shown by the bewitching and powerful Lord It's a Feeling and the more poppy How Does It Feel. London Grammar's indie pop is crossed by electronic elements, which gives it a unique feel, as on Baby It's You. The cinematographic atmosphere can be felt on I Need The Night, before sinking into the darkness and mystery of the last track, America, a melancholic ballad where Hannah talks about this (American) "dream that meant nothing to me...". Without doubt, Californian Soil is a great album and a shining new success for London Grammar. © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 10, 2013 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 21, 2020 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 18, 2020 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2014 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 24, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2014 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Four years after their debut, English trio London Grammar returned with their sophomore set, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, featuring production by Jon Hopkins (Imogen Heap, Coldplay), Paul Epworth (Florence + the Machine, Adele), and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia). Once again, vocalist Hannah Reid takes center stage with her powerful, angelic instrument, which can stir the soul at the smokiest depths before jolting everything to the heavens in a fashion much like Florence Welch or Annie Lennox. Dan Rothman and Dominic Major provide lush accompaniment to Reid's voice, creating a gorgeous cinematic landscape that ranges from dreamlike wisps to fully enveloping grandeur. The first half of the album takes time to pick up, as Reid slowly eases listeners into "Wild Eyed," an expansive moment that recalls 2013's "Hey Now." The thumping heartbeat of "Oh Woman, Oh Man" gives the band equal time to shine. Other highlights include the throbbing "Non Believer," the uplifting Florence-esque "Bones of Ribbon," and the sweeping "Leave the War with Me." These tracks provide a much-needed jolt of energy to balance the album's other quieter moments, which tend to lull the listener into a dreamlike haze. While it's an overall relaxing experience, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing is never boring; it's a comforting and often heartbreaking listen that really gets under the skin, especially with Reid's emotive delivery. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 27, 2020 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 22, 2021 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 10, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 18, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 12, 2021 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 10, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 1, 2017 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 16, 2013 | Ministry of Sound Recordings

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London Grammar in the magazine
  • Qobuz meets London Grammar
    Qobuz meets London Grammar Qobuz meets the English pop sensation London Grammar, a young trio obsessed with the 80s, boasting the stunning voice of singer Hannah Reid.