Monthly Archives: November 2011
Florence and the Machine- Ceremonials
Release Date: October 31st
When Florence burst onto the scene about 3 years ago, she was one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed artists of the last 10 years. Her debut single, Cosmic Love and follow up album Lungs became etched in the minds and hearts of many music fans from the pop genre, even managing to encapsulate the biggest of rock cynics. So has she done it again? Let’s see…
No matter how hard we try, comparisons to the debut album are to be expected, although if you’re looking for another Lungs masterpiece then you may forget it. The only real presence that matches that of Lungs on Ceremonials is perhaps Florence’s ever haunting beautiful vocals. This can hardly be enough though, is it?
Ceremonials- The Redeemable V’s The not so good
If you’re looking for a somewhat enjoyable listen then I recommend you can save some precious time by skipping a few and going straight for the good ones:
Worth a listen-
Only If For A Night: Only if for a night is a nice, but somewhat lacking beginning to the album as alas I was expecting to be hit with a freight train of goose-bumps for the opener. Could Ms.Welch perhaps be creating an intense build up to something great?
Shake It Out: Shake it out; but can Florence shake off the persona created with her genius debut Lungs that has followed her around for the past 2 years and 4 months. It ain’t no Cosmic Love although Shake it Out hits the spot, but perhaps only momentarily.
What The Water Gave Me: “Lay me down”, she exclaims…Has Florence perhaps laid down her machine on this one?
Never Let Me Go: Quite a pleasant little song, although ‘pleasant’ being the operative word as Never let me go does exactly what it says and never really lets go as such.
No Light, No Light: It’s a grand track albeit I would personify this one as a poor man’s version of Cosmic love.
Spectrum: “Say my name,” she howls, as if a cry for us not to disregard her on this offering. Miss Welch’s voice surely delivers, although just as Spectrum appears onto a winner it becomes somewhat indifferent.
All This And Heaven Too: Favourite track by far, All this and Heaven too is the personification of what Ceremonials should have been and I reckon at that, what we all expected it to be. This song should have at least been the starting point of the album, no? Ironically as she sings, Florence herself sums up exactly how I feel about it, “it makes no sense at all.”
Skip/I probably wouldn’t bother: Breaking Dawn, Lover to Lover, Seven Devils, Leave my Body and Heartlines
Ceremonials contains a few nice songs, although as a whole it’s seriously lacking in highly anticipated belters and as a follow up to such a cracker as Lungs (I’m sorry to say) falls slightly flat on its ass.
Make November a happy time and enjoy some of these highly recommended November gigs…
Sunday 13th The Naked and Famous
Monday 28th Foster the People
Tuesday 29th Gavin Friday
Wednesday 30th Example
Thursday 3rd Pigeon Detectives
Sunday 6th Airbourne Toxic Event
Thursday 17th Antlers
Friday 18th 2 Many DJ’s
Sunday 20th Chase & Status
Friday 4th Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Friday 25th Rihanna
Saturday 26th Kasabian