Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

by London Grammar

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Overview

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

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0889854360924
catalogNumber: 5436092
Rank: 6882

Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Grammar   Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin   Piano,Performing Ensemble,Mellotron,chamberlain,Juno
Paul Epworth   Drums
Daniel Rothman   Guitar
Lucie Svehlová   Concert Master
Wil Malone   Conductor
Hannah Reid   Piano,Vocals
Dot Major   Piano,Drums,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Tim Bran   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tom Elmhirst   Vocal Producer,Vocal Mixing
Paul Epworth   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jon Hopkins   Producer
Daniel Rothman   Composer
Joseph Hartwell Jones   Engineer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Roy Kerr   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Matt Wiggins   Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Leif Podhajsky   Layout
Ben Baptie   Engineer
Manon Grandjean   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
London Grammar   Producer
Hannah Reid   Composer
Dot Major   Programming
Julian Burg   Engineer
Dominic Major   Composer
Eliot Lee Hazel   Cover Photo
Riley Macintyre   Engineer
Alexandra Waespi   Inside Photo
Harry Hall   Inside Photo

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