Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

This past summer, I discovered Florence and the Machine’s album Lungs and fell madly in love with her unique fluttering voice integrated seamlessly with heart bellowing drums, keyboard, guitar, and harp. When I heard she had a new album, I couldn’t help but think, “Already?!” It seemed too soon to already have pumped out a new album. Nevertheless, riding behind the wake of an award winning debut album, Ceremonials hit shelves or shall I say iTunes stores. And so I go, plugging in and hitting my commute to work searching for my “Cosmic Love” of this album.

Unfettered by her newborn glowing fame, Florence Welch goes full throttle starting off Ceremonials powerfully and passionately just as she should. Isabella Summer’s booming keyboards collide with the pounding of Chris Hayden’s drum and Florence’s echoing vocals increasing in intensity and complexity as “Only if for a Night” grows into a fully orchestrated piece. “Shake it Out” woke my eyes and shook my mind with the soft, but sharp bursting of drum blending smoothly with a rippling and fiercely Florence voice. I expect dance remixes have already been taking over techno clubs busting up subwoofers and eardrums.

As the album continues, I realize how well each and every song flows into the other with an overwhelming power and intensity that continues from start to finish – “No Light, No Light” and “Heartlines” are the most commanding of them all. “Heartlines” in particular, has such engrossing combination of drums and a mystical harp that it seems to be sprinkling pixie dust into the air and speckling my ears with a sensation of rain. The climax of the album “Spectrum” has drums that punch and pummel, setting Florence’s voice afire as she sings, “Say my name,” until it feels as if the song bursts into ashes leaving us with specks of sound and a sense of peace. Awakening through the embers “All This and Heaven Too” arises with its soft muffled drum, vocals, and echoing background harmony calmly shifting us into the final song “Leave My Body”.

From the deluxe album, “Landscape” is the only song that seems to interest my scrolling finger, since the acoustic versions of her songs sound as if someone ran her beautifully orchestrated songs through a strainer dripping all the life out of them. Maybe these versions are useful for anyone interested in covering her acoustically, but otherwise, Florence belongs with a big ass machine.

1. Only If for Night
2. Shake It Out
3. What The Water Gave Me
4. Never Let Me Go
5. Breaking Down
6. Lover to Lover
7. No Light No Light
8. Seven Devils
9. Heartline
10. Spectrum
11. All This and Heaven Too
12. Leave My Body

Deluxe additional:
13. Remain Nameless
14. Strangeness & Charm
15. Bedroom Hymns
16. What The Water Gave Me (demo)
17. Landscape (demo)
18. Heartlines (acoustic)
19. Shake It Out (acoustic)
20. Breaking Down (acoustic)

Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials, reviewed by Alana Paige on 2011-12-09T12:32:29-08:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

One Response about “Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials”

  • veggie says:

    Heard the acoustic version of Lover to Lover . . . . I just can’t say how mad that is!!!!!! Release it as a single!