The low-resonant voice of Hannah Reed, of the London Grammar Trilogy, is one of the most extravagant in the UK. Surrounded by sober guitar strings and electronics, the slow emergence of her lyrics made her sound beautiful and civilized for two albums.
But that was enough while recording their third album, California soilReed ditched her Ice Queen photo. She allowed the imitation of the Bible and the Spirit in her voice, and that now leads to a single vortex in London’s grammatical style. Not fancy, like a wink. The senses are still luxurious, and Reed’s song suddenly trembles with sadness or pleasure.
The music may be subtle, but it takes on a greater meaning. The “soul” that the London Rules have been searching for for some time is now available. Songs like Lord It’s A Feeling and Missing are minimalistic and big.
A copy of this article also appeared in NRC on the morning of April 29, 2021
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