Californian Soil

Album Review of Californian Soil by London Grammar.

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Californian Soil

London Grammar

Californian Soil by London Grammar

Release Date: Apr 16, 2021
Record label: Ministry of Sound
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

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Californian Soil - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 90
Based on rating 9/10
90

Hannah Reid's crisp notes have continued to serve a critical function in the band's finely balanced symphonic sound, a gravitas to their songwriting that for the last eight years has proved a sporadic yet consistently tight force. A nudging departure from the grandiose continuity of Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, Californian Soil is indicative of the band incrementally tweaking their immaculate heart-rending aesthetic, an impulse they indulged on the former but certifiably embrace with their latest. Operatic vocal swoons pivot through the title track, a string section reaching to the opulence of previous records, yet a newfound freedom shakes up proceedings serving as a clear reminder of the outfit's immeasurable talent as a unit.

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Pitchfork - 62
Based on rating 6.2/10
62

London Grammar never made a lot of noise. Even as singer Hannah Reid's throaty alto garnered comparisons to Florence Welch, she and bandmates Dot Major and Dan Rothman rarely offered anything more surprising than the occasional end-of-song breakbeat. The huge proportions of Adele producers Greg Kurstin and Paul Epworth left 2017's Truth Is a Beautiful Thing sounding slumberous, so London Grammar's third full-length, Californian Soil, attempts instead to channel the energy of Reid's past collaborations with Disclosure and Flume.

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Clash Music
Their review was positive

With their 2013 debut 'If You Wait', and its 2017 number one follow-up, London Grammar established themselves as both ethereal indie darlings and mainstream pop royalty. It's a duality that's seen the trio equally at home on UK festival stages, as they were the stereos of Balearic beach bars. Indeed, with such success one might assume comes a certain level of respect.

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