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Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

London Grammar

Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

Second album from the Nottingham dream pop trio working with producers Greg Kurstin, Jon Hopkins and Paul Epworth

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  1. 9.0 |   The 405

    Truths are both whispered and screamed here, and the band's inward wonder of translation and craft in sharing this with us makes the record illuminatingly beautiful
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    A beautiful album that’s as absorbing as it is emotionally affecting
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  3. 8.0 |   The Music

    The arrangements throughout are minimalist and atmospheric, employing strings, keys and highly disciplined dynamics
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Hauntingly stark, yet staggeringly beautiful
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    London Grammar have created a world that knows when to be expansive and when to be introspective, building on their DNA and adding more dextrous, yet suitably restrained arrangements
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    An undisputed raising of the game
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  7. 8.0 |   AU Review

    As with London Grammar’s first record, it is an album for the romantics, or anyone looking for lyrical clarity in amongst a time of personal turmoil
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  8. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    In ‘Non Believer’, they may well have written their finest song yet
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  9. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    This is a daunting collection of dream-pop balladry, but it is top-notch
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  10. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    London Grammar has created a seemingly timeless and atmospheric record
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  11. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    On the whole, London Grammar have matured to give an album of creative and intelligent composition, with swelling melodies and vocals that give a genuine emotional payoff
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  12. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The music of London Grammar continues to bewitch, soothe and inspire in equal measure, and when Truth Is A Beautiful Thing is at its best, it fully lives up to the title
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  13. 6.0 |   The FT

    Hannah Reid is a powerful presence, singing in an emotive but self-possessed lower register
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    A combination of gentle piano and tremulous, echoing synth, is mesmerisingly samey, like scenery rushing past your car window on a long road trip. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It’s pleasant enough, though listeners may experience a twinge or two of deja vu
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  16. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    An eloquent album, but one that’s a little too measured to be emotionally effective
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  17. 4.8 |   Earbuddy

    An album format only hurts London Grammar because it makes it abundantly clear how all of their songs sound alike
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  18. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Glacial and portentous
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  19. 4.0 |   State

    London Grammar have isolated themselves in their self-indulgent apathy, with songs so stripped back and bare that they leave the album so cold it’s almost lacking a heartbeat
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  20. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Drowns in its own despair
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  21. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    While the instrumentation on Truth is a Beautiful Thing still takes watered down cues from The xx, it also reveals what the whole melancholic echo-pop set owes to U2
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  22. 2.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s hard to view Truth Is A Beautiful Thing as anything more than unobtrusive background music
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