"How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe)" by Florence + The Machine on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

While Florence + The Machine’s first two albums featured frontwoman Florence Welch posed in a theatrical side profile with her eyes closed, this one finds her eyes open and staring straight into the camera. This sense of immediacy and alertness infuses the band’s most mature, cohesive album yet, starting with propulsive opener “Ship to Wreck.” Lush arrangements combine a rock band, strings, and brass with Welch’s volcanic, soaring voice, serving high drama on tracks like the driving “What Kind of Man” and the transcendent “Mother.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Florence + The Machine’s first two albums featured frontwoman Florence Welch posed in a theatrical side profile with her eyes closed, this one finds her eyes open and staring straight into the camera. This sense of immediacy and alertness infuses the band’s most mature, cohesive album yet, starting with propulsive opener “Ship to Wreck.” Lush arrangements combine a rock band, strings, and brass with Welch’s volcanic, soaring voice, serving high drama on tracks like the driving “What Kind of Man” and the transcendent “Mother.”

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

2406 Ratings

AMAZING

Trjoel,

LOVE FLORENCE

Awesome !

Jennxberry,

I have faith that this is going to be the best album!!! I can't wait to hear the rest of the songs :) big fan

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. That same year, 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 much-anticipated 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

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2007

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