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MTV Unplugged [Live]

Florence + The Machine Audio CD
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A lot can happen to a daydreaming girl in the world, and in the last few years, it's all happened for Florence. The debut album she dreamt up in her bedroom in South London burst into being and swept the planet, selling over three million copies, winning the coveted Brits 'Best Album' award and etching itself indelibly into the popular consciousness. Now she has been everywhere: ... Read more in Amazon's Florence + The Machine Store

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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B007IGG0IA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only If For A Night
2. Drumming Song
3. Cosmic Love
4. Breaking Down
5. Never Let Me Go
6. Try A Little Tenderness
7. No Light No Light
8. Jackson (feat. Josh Homme)
9. What The Water Gave Me
10. Dog Days Are Over
11. Shake It Out

Product Description

Product Description

Recorded with MTV in New York, Florence + the Machine follow in the footsteps of countless musical legends, from Bob Dylan to Nirvana, in releasing their own MTV Unplugged album. The album features acoustic renditions of nine original Florence tracks, along with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure: Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" and a duet of the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic "Jackson" with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

BBC Review

When MTV’s Unplugged series started in the late 1980s, the idea of stripped-back acoustic versions of popular songs was relatively fresh. Now, more than two decades on, it seems you can’t move without stumbling over one, be it on Radio 1’s Live Lounge or a TV talent programme. “Wow,” the judges crow, “you really made that song your own.”

The problem here is that Florence is all about the show. She’s all about the histrionics, the flights of fancy, the vocal acrobatics. And when she nails it, her music becomes euphoric: the strings crescendo, the drums crash and Florence’s voice powers outwards and upwards in a rush of emotion. It is these anthemic moments that have made her such a success.

But MTV Unplugged is about restraint. So here, Drumming Song features no drums; and whereas No Light No Light usually thumps into life at the one-minute mark, on this disc it appears as a steady, almost atonal, piano-led ballad. The platform is thus laid for Florence’s vocal to come to the fore, but when the backdrop is so simplified, she has to rein that in too. Her voice sounds pretty and she hits all the notes, but any chance of euphoria is nullified. On Dog Days Are Over, in particular, you can hear her pulling back. It feels uncomfortable.

As a result, this collection will appeal most to people who find Florence’s penchant for melodrama a bit too much; people who want her to calm down a bit. But will they come anywhere near this? Probably not. They’ve already made up their minds. MTV Unplugged albums are usually sought and bought by hardcore fans, and the restraint here may not satisfy them.

Still, there’s plenty to enjoy – not least a cover of Jackson, Florence’s duet with Josh Homme, which gets the audience clapping and stomping along. The delicate reinterpretation of Only If For a Night works beautifully, allowing the melody to shine, and the same is true of Shake It Out. This chilled-out collection is an easy, pleasant listen, but it is far from an essential purchase for anyone except Florence completists.

--Mike Haydock

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 11 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm 43, so trying to get down with the youth, OMG this record is, like amazing.....

Seen them live and both albums are outstanding, with the MTV version setting a new level. Now, if you don't like them, don't buy it cause it is a raw version of F+TM, without any poptarts added, just a voice and a few "unplugged" stringy things.

This has set a new level; enjoy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Florence Stripped 9 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
There - that got your attention!

There are many out there who think that Florence only has one voice setting, this is the perfect response. Stripped of many of the layers of instrumentation, Florence's voice displays a subtlety which is not always apparent on the two studio albums, and as a result many of the songs display a different character to the original versions.

My personal favourite tracks on this album are 'No Light, No Light', and a beautiful cover version of the Otis Redding classic 'Try A Little Tenderness'. For me it's also worth the extra to buy the CD/DVD version, the cover of 'Jackson' with Josh Homme works much better when you are actually watching the performance rather than just listening.

This is an excellent album, showing a different side to Florence's voice. Dare I say it, more than a few who don't like the studio albums may be tempted to check this one out. To anyone in this category I would unequivocally say do it - you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live. Emotional. Excellent. 11 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having had the pleasure to see Florence live in person during the recent Ceremonials Tour, I was hardly surprised that this album knocked everything out of the park. Florence has great range here and shows it especially in "Try A Little Tenderness". The band and background singers are sublime, complimenting Florence's style effortlessly. Special mention goes to the acoustic guitarist who really shines throughout the set.

Once again Florence proves she performs just as well in duets as she does solo. "Jackson" with her and Josh Homme is a delight to listen to but even better when watched. The DVD is worth it just for that song alone, not to mention the brilliant set design and actually seeing Florence perform with such grace and emotion.

In conclusion, this album is nothing less than fantastic. It's a must have for die-hard fans and newcomers alike. Also features possibly the best renditions of "Never Let Me Go" and "What The Water Gave Me" I have ever heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Album - A Must Have!!!! 18 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I must say that i was completely surprised by this Album, I always thought the MTV Unplugged series was for Artists that
are living legends like Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart,Paul McCartney etc.
Florence and The Machine make a refreshing change to the Genre and perform a memorable and beautiful set and the Vocals and Production are absolutely Brilliant.
I would go as far as to say that i think this is the Best Unplugged Album of the Lot.
Absolutely Brilliant from Start to Finish, i do not think there is one duff track on the whole Album.
An Absolutely Beautiful Album - A Must Have!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical 17 April 2012
By jeff
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ive watched the dvd several times now and my reaction is still the same......WOW! Florence shows what a wonderfull and emotive voice she has bringing to life some wonderfull tracks in this MTV performance.The set looks amazing and is in near HD quality on my tv and played through a 5.1 sound system you can hear every musical instrument,raw and unplugged.Her voice.... wow you just have to turn the volume up to appreciate it (i apologise to my neighbours right now! hehe)

As has been mentioned im puzzled by the omission of Cosmic Love on the dvd,its one of my favourite songs and although its on the cd i still would have preferred to see the performance.Overall though this is a truly magical album that i will treasure for a long time....and my 5.1 system has never had it so good. 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars One word 13 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Amazing .... but amazon makes me use twenty words lol ..... If you love Florence then you are defiantly going to love this Album. She has got the most amazing voice and I love her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not full blast 29 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In contrast to her other studio albums, this one is almost melancholy, but wow, does the power of her voice really shine through.

The studio albums are ones for turning up the volume, particularly when "the wife" is out, whereas this one is far more laid back and suited to a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

It all depends on whether you like the unplugged style of presentation - if you do, and you like Florence, then buy this. If either of these isn't true, stick with the studio albums.

It all comes down to personal taste and I can't dictate that for you.

Make up your mind - hopefully this review and others will give you food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Florenece and the NAhcine Unplugged 4 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
EXCELLENT..this is a voice that astounds!!! Can' stop playing it...will be ordering some of their CD's! Great band, everyone should check them out asap,.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live album
This is the best album I've heard all year. It's a fantastic sound and live album. LIfts the spirits of everyone in the house. Strongly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Suzy D
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE Dvd / Cd combo !!
Glorious music....powerful and emotional. ALL the tracks are a hit IMO.
What a stunning performance by Florence and the band. Kanye West in front row utterly impressed! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nello
3.0 out of 5 stars Brought as a gift
I brought it as a gift for my sister and she thought it was ok, arrived swiftly and in a great condition.
Published 8 months ago by Scott H
5.0 out of 5 stars great alternative Florence Album
really not what I had expected but a good mix of the two albums and a couple of different songs.
good service from Amazon as ever.
Published 9 months ago by Sc Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning
I think the best way to describe this album is beautiful.

This album is of the highest quality in terms of clarity of sound, unlike some other live albums that end up... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr P Amies
5.0 out of 5 stars Unplugged by Florence and the Machine
As always Florence produces more good songs easy listening recommend to purchase good present to give anyone who likes Florence
Published 20 months ago by Oksana Heanes
4.0 out of 5 stars Still as brilliant!
This is Florence + The Machine's 3rd album and, although not as good as the first two, it's still brilliant. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant....
I enjoyed this very much.......thanks Florence..this CD will be listened too many times,Im impressed so much that i will now purchase some more music by this band
Published 21 months ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Hard to believe but this live recording is better than the studio recordings. Only proves how great her voice is!
Published on 3 Sep 2012 by Elizabeth Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars florence + the machine - unplugged
had already got the two previous cd's from florence and only bought this for the sake of the accompanying dvd, this was good if only to see the choir which builds up the wonderful... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by mealone
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