Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials

Ceremonials opens with ‘Only If for a Night’, which functions as a typical introduction for the people who have never heard anything from Florence + the Machine before.
With hit single ‘Shake It Out’, Florence + the Machine show that they are one of the biggest bands in the UK at the moment.
‘What the Water Gave Me’ is a typical Florence + the Machines track, with tempo changes, and a cool backing choir, but the song really starts to take shape in the second half, where it flows into a psychedelic mess. Where ‘Never Let Me Go’ follows-up with a ballad style intro, in which Florence’s voice dominates as usual, the track ‘Breaking Down’ starts more joyfully.
For me, the potential next single might be ‘Lover to Lover’, ‘Spectrum’ and ‘Heartlines’. These, together with ‘Shake It Out’, are for me the best tracks on the album.
With darker track ‘Seven Devils’ and the rather beautiful ‘All This and Heaven Too’, the last track ‘Leave My Body’ makes ‘Ceremonials’ go by in one pleasant flow.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Ceremonials might not be as big as Lungs was, however, Florence + the Machine have delivered a good new album with a few outstanding tracks. It’s no surprise that ‘Shake it Out’ is doing so well at the moment in the charts.

Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials has been released yesterday. You can buy or download the album on, Amazon.co.uk, and iTunes.

Track list:
Only If for a Night
Shake It Out
What the Water Gave Me
Never Let Me Go
Breaking Down
Lover to Lover
No Light, No Light
Seven Devils
All This and Heaven Too
Leave My Body



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