Ceremonials is the sophomore album release for Florence + The Machine, who are set to tour Australia next May. This album debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts on the week of release (in Australia).
I have had this CD on repeat over the past couple of days to get familiar with it so I could come tell you about it. I knew there was a lot of hype but I wasn’t really aware of the music. Guaranteed I would have heard it on the radio at some point but never really known who they were.
Florence definitely has a distinctive voice that carries a gorgeous haunting quality, there is an eeriness in much of the music, not a spooky or dark eeriness because the music is quite uplifting but nevertheless I think it is quite haunting – and I find if I go with no music for any length of time I start having some of the tracks playback in my head but that could just be from having them on repeat.
Ceremonials was recorded in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio 3 with her full band over 5 weeks and is another product of collaboration with producer Paul Epworth.
Florence is nothing if not passionate about her art and her message and that passion is definitely conveyed through her voice and her music. This CD is alternative rock at it’s best that is sure to touch the hearts and souls of millions, whether or not this is usually the type of music they listen to.
Only If For A Night
Shake It Out
What The Water Gave Me
Never Let Me Go
Lover To Lover
No Light, No Light
All This And Heaven Too
Leave My Body