LON­DON GRAM­MAR

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Truth is a Beau­ti­ful Thing ★★★ Min­istry of Sound

Four years af­ter their ac­claimed de­but If You Wait, it sounds like Lon­don Gram­mar have been more con­cerned with fine-tun­ing their sound than rein­vent­ing it; most of their sec­ond al­bum fol­lows the same mu­si­cal blue­print as its pre­de­ces­sor. That’s fine on the tracks that best cap­ture in­ti­macy, such as the strik­ing Root­ing for

You and the frag­ile Wild Eyed, Han­nah Reid’s divine vo­cals prov­ing a high­light – but their min­i­mal­ist pal­ette of pi­ano, strings and the oc­ca­sional glitchy beat isn’t dy­namic enough to sus­tain at­ten­tion. The lush, fuller-sound­ing dream-pop of

Leave the War With Me is an im­prove­ment, yet there is a sense that the trio are con­tin­u­ally hold­ing some­thing back. The re­sult is an elo­quent al­bum, but one that’s a lit­tle too mea­sured to be emo­tion­ally ef­fec­tive. lon­don­gram­mar.com LAU­REN MUR­PHY

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