13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Big, bold, and baroque, Florence + The Machine's debut album thrives on drama. Built around the effortless sweep of Florence Welch's voice, and the delicate trills of the harp, it proudly lays its emotions bare, barreling between suffocating lust on “Drumming Song,” debilitating fear on “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” and the pain of heartbreak on the breathless “Cosmic Love." But Welch also understands the power of redemption: She closes with a rousing version of The Source and Candi Staton's “You've Got the Love.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Big, bold, and baroque, Florence + The Machine's debut album thrives on drama. Built around the effortless sweep of Florence Welch's voice, and the delicate trills of the harp, it proudly lays its emotions bare, barreling between suffocating lust on “Drumming Song,” debilitating fear on “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” and the pain of heartbreak on the breathless “Cosmic Love." But Welch also understands the power of redemption: She closes with a rousing version of The Source and Candi Staton's “You've Got the Love.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

unforgettable

adam.tce

this album is truly unforgettable - i can honestly say i love every-single-track on this album. Florence's voice is great.
favorite tracks so far are 'Howl', 'Drumming Song','My Boy Builds Coffins'... the whole album will be on repeat for a very long time. i recommend this album to anyone.

living up to the hype.

emperor foomin

inevitably, in the U.S. Florence is going to either get lumped in with singer/songwriter-ish types like Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann or miscast as a Spector coat-tailer like Winehouse and Duffy. there are elements of all this here, but rewired in such a spectacular and outrageous way, that however she's labeled, she'll be loved or reviled as "too much".
in the end that's what attacted me to her brand of gorgeous melancholy car-crashes. her songs are about feelings and emotions, she writes memorable lyrics, and she's a maverick. already the biggest kind of STAR in my estimation.

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AXL Loves Indie

I heard this band on internet music blogs and Sirius/XM and have fallen in love -- a new sound from an interesting act. Favorite tracks: (1) "Kiss with a Fist" (a touch of the Pretenders going on here); (2) "Cosmic Love" (great passion on this one), and (3) "Blinding" (a song that sticks in your head and wont leave). I predict this band will be around for a while.

About Florence + The Machine

Hailing from South London, Florence Welch writes songs blending pop, soul, and Baroque arrangements into a sound that earned considerable buzz. Florence + the Machine released their debut single, "Kiss with a Fist," on the Moshi Moshi label in June 2008. The critically acclaimed debut album Lungs followed in July 2009 and quickly became one of the year's most popular releases in the U.K., where Florence charted four Top 40 singles in less than 12 months. The songs gathered steam in other parts of the world, too, particularly in America, where "Dog Days Are Over" peaked at number 21, went platinum, and even earned its own performance on the TV show Glee. Lungs was reissued the following year in a two-disc package entitled Between Two Lungs, and included a bonus 12-track disc that featured live versions and remixes.

Also in 2010, Florence + the Machine returned to the studio with producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Adele) to begin work on their second full-length outing. The resulting Ceremonials, which successfully expanded on the group's already huge sound, arrived on Halloween in 2011. The following year saw the release of CD and DVD versions of MTV Unplugged, an 11-track set filmed before a small studio audience that featured fan favorites along with a pair of covers, including "Try a Little Tenderness" and the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic "Jackson," the latter of which featured guest vocals by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. That same year, Welch announced an upcoming period of inactivity. Her third studio long-player, the Markus Dravs-produced How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, was announced in late 2014 and arrived in May 2015. It was the band's third consecutive number one U.K. album, and their first to top the U.S. chart. ~ James Christopher Monger

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