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Not To Disappear

Daughter

Not To Disappear

Second album from the London-based British/Swiss/French indie-folk three piece fronted by Elena Tonra

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
4AD
UK Release date
15/01/2016
US Release date
15/01/2016
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Ultimately, Tonra is telling all our stories and her spare, elegant poetry is aflame with a righteous fury. Daughter come of age, and how
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    Daughter’s signature - and their staying power - is in how they balance the harshest of subject matters with groundbreaking beauty
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Daughter could have been forgiven for producing another album like their debut, but they took a brave step in embracing innovation. The beautiful Not to Disappear is their reward, and ours
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  4. 9.0 |   Art Rocker

    Ten tracks positively drenched in passion, heartache and poignancy
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  5. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    If you’ve ever loved music where the technology of pedal boards is capable of creating as human a sound as any troubadour with an acoustic guitar alone, this is a record you need in your collection
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  6. 8.3 |   AU Review

    An album that could well and truly be a reference point when future musicians talk about the albums that shaped who they are
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  7. 8.0 |   State

    A harrowing, highly challenging, but nonetheless very important record
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  8. 8.0 |   The 405

    A second effort that burns with quiet flair
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Beautifully distills what it means to be human and to experience pain, but with far greater nuance and maturity than their debut
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  10. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    An intensely captivating record, eager to revel in its own darkness
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  11. 8.0 |   The Music

    It is the small, quiet moments that make Daughter something special
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s a subtle progression for the trio, the band honing their craft to produce a record that is equal parts compelling as it is isolating
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  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Dynamic second album pumps up the volume. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    She speaks of the vulnerabilities and fears of the lonely like they’re ubiquitous
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    There's a fresh, subtle aggression to the music in places and the franker lyrical approach makes the sentiments within even more capable of breaking your heart than before
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  16. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Unflinching and unexpected
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  17. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Despite the dark emotions on display, Not To Disappear is the sort of album that can sound oddly comforting
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  18. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Not to Disappear is made as carefully and beautifully as you would expect – balancing the acts of remaining true and pushing forward
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  19. 8.0 |   Q

    If listening to this record feels like eavesdropping, what’s overheard is emotional dynamite. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Daughter are a band with a highly unique musical identity, and while that identity has only developed a little since their 2013 debut, ‘Not To Disappear’ drips class from every icy hook
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  21. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s not so much sidestepped the perils of the second album as trampled them, taking the sound that won the band all those packed festival tents and driving it forward
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  22. 7.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    If anything, Not to Disappear is as bleak and painful as its predecessors, but it balances that with an adventurousness in composition and a clarity in storytelling that makes these reminders of love and loss almost reassuring
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  23. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    It is clear that Daughter still have many tricks up their sleeves to keep us engaged with their future output
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  24. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    Tonra is more St. Vincent than Ellie Goulding, weaving stunning personal vistas among dreamy, ethereal and at times powerful indie rock
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  25. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Builds on many of the same themes that dominated 2013’s If You Leave, but with an added layer of universality
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  26. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Daughter's songs speak to those once close and now distant, and to others who have endured similar loss
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  27. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    In Daughter’s world, the distinction between ecstasy and agony isn’t always obvious; in fact, the two are often one and the same
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  28. 7.0 |   All Music

    Altogether elegant, moving, and often beautiful, Not to Disappear leaves Daughter, without question, on the heavier side of the emotional spectrum
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  29. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    As cynical a record about love and relationships as you are likely to hear in 2016
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  30. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    For all Not to Disappear’s forward strides, something remains of the debut’s pallor
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  31. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Her lyrical catharsis, bravery and liberation is important for this generation but it’s almost too depressing to listen to the whole album in one go
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  32. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The overall impression is of a band content to wallow, without reaching out for true catharsis
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  33. 6.0 |   The List

    Earnest but enjoyable
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  34. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The mood throughout is maudlin and reflective. Print edition only

  35. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album that ebbs and flows in quality and will only suit certain moods and dispositions
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  36. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Indie-folk act meditates on unhappiness with intermittently cathartic results
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  37. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    The scope and variety of Not To Disappear’s songs are too narrow for any kind of epiphany to arise from juxtaposition or sequencing, and what’s left is merely a collection of listenable but unremarkable songs
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  38. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    A chilly emotional echo chamber
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  39. 3.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    If indie pop was only ever a vehicle to turn bedroom amateurs into careers, Daughter was a good last breath, a commercial horse trucking on against the changing times
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