Florence and the Machine “Ceremonials” (2011)

November 1, 2011

There is plenty to like about Ceremonials, the second album by Florence and the Machine, one of the most successful acts to emerge in recent years, but sadly there is also much to hate. Welch did not change the winning formula (and why should she?): dramatic vocals, massive drums, harps, strings, etc. are again present. It’s a good combination but Ceremonials suffer from musical hypoxia: the songs are so huge that they crush the listener. All the comparisons to Kate Bush are fair as long as you stress the fact that Bush’s albums where a lot more about than pathos and bombaster. The lyrical side of Florence is visibly missing and that’s why What the Water Gave Me is such a fantastic tune. In it Welch finds the right balance between vigour and mysticism, a feature she tries to achieve so hard. It’s not that the other songs are bad; they are half-baked.

hydrameter: 2/5

Key Tracks: Only If for a Night, Shake It Out, What the Water Gave Me

Watch Shake It Out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN0nX61rIs&ob=av2e

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