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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware... this isn't Lungs II, 1 Nov 2011
This review is from: Ceremonials (Audio CD)
Imagine Lungs without a "Dog days are over", "Rabbit heart", or "You've got the love" and you've got Ceremonials... a noisy, largely undifferentiated collection of songs lacking any radio-worthy singles. Sure, Florence retains her standout voice but here the hooks and melodies aren't nearly compelling enough to justify the vocal bombast applied to each track. In the end I was left with the feeling everything from the vocals, drumming, and orchestration was way overdone... like using a musical sledgehammer to swat a fly's worth of songwriting. I really enjoyed the previously mentioned singles from Lungs and was hoping for at least a handful more, but Ceremonials was saldly missing anything worth hearing again.
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 23:03:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2011 23:10:51 GMT
B. Steele says:
Hey fk, seen the UK music charts for week three yet? "Shake it out" dropped another whopping ten spots to 33 on the singles chart and Ceremonials fell another five spots to number 14 on the albums chart.

Just like I predicted... this album has almost no commercial appeal for anyone beyond the band's most rabid fans.

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 14:50:19 BDT
J. S. says:
"Scoring 2 hits out of 12 self-writtten songs on Lungs is not really that impressive" You do realize for a song to become a hit it has to be released as a single? Also saying "Just like I predicted... this album has almost no commercial appeal for anyone beyond the band's most rabid fans." is a pretty big claim to make and it isn't necessarily true.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013 11:48:21 GMT
This new album is a shadow of Lungs....... The wall of sound has drowned Florences voice and all the tone and subtle nuances are lost ..... It sounds just as if She is in a different room to the band and is trying to sing through the wall...... Hopefully, one day a better team of sound engineers and producers will re-engineer and re-release this album with Florences voice up front and the cacophony of musical noise turned down...... So disappointing .
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