If You Wait kicks off with the single that started all the hype at the end of last year, 'Hey Now'. With vocalist Hannah Reid draping her passionate, soulful vocals over Dan Rothman and Dot Major's layered, textured, instrumentals, 'Hey Now' forces you to sit up and take note. Reid's vocals are commonly compared to Florence Welch's signature croon, but where Welch uses her delivery for pomp and ceremony, Reid uses them to cushion the already soft pianos, guitars, and percussive electronica.

It's a truly remarkable finished sound, and for those who are turned off by the comparisons they'll see over the web, you've really not got to worry. London Grammar have created something so much better than anything you could imagine. But there is a lid on it all.

It's as if Mezzanine was completely composed out of songs that sounded like 'Teardrop' (my father bought the album based on that one song, and became a little baffled at the rest on offer there). If You Wait has a consistency that draws you in under its wing. Nearly every track hits just in the right way, with a couple of surprises; after getting accustomed to the first few tracks, 'Strong' comes out of nowhere and although strictly the most conventional song structurally on the album, it features harmonies melodies, a slowed down tempo, and a hook befitting the sound of the band.

The use of empty space ('the gaps between the music') is reminiscent of The xx, and I'd say that London Grammar use it just as effectively. It however reacts poorly later on through the album as you can't help but feel that this music is all very well and good, it's just a little bit vacuous. Sure, it sounds great, it's all really well put together, but it just seems to lack heart. Although Reid's vocals do set things off strongly, If You Wait just doesn't feel like it's going in any particular direction. It's quite happy to meander about doing its own thing; the xx offer up distinct challenges throughout their work, and this keeps their sound fresh and exciting. Perhaps London Grammar don't need this, again, it's all really beautiful, but it's just lacking something which sets it apart from greatness.

I guess London Grammar have finally put something together which showcases their talents, something which we've all been waiting for a while. And really we've received here exactly what we've asked for, which was basically more of the same. There's a few surprises here and there, but ultimately its what you'd probably expect if all you've listened to from these guys is 'Hey Now'. Which is fine, but it's going to be interesting seeing where they go from here, because if they just continue to tread the same line, it's going to get a little bit dull.