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4.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH FOR DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM, 31 Oct 2011
This review is from: Ceremonials (2CD Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
When your debut album sells over 4 million records in a music climate where people don't buy records anymore and spawns six singles(one of which was released twice), in fact just search Florence and The Machine "Lungs" in Amazon and you will find multi released different versions of the debut album. Then you start getting comparisons with people like Kate Bush, Tori Amos and PJ Harvey then you know the pressure for your second record is going to be massive so it's a good thing Florence and The Machine deliver big time on album number two and along the way add more strings, guitars and heavier drums and even some more epic songs.

Anybody who heard "What The Water Gave Me" been performed back in May 2010 would back up that the second album would be great, at close to six minutes the song takes the listener on an epic journey as it begins hauntingly slowly before building into a big climax that features guitar, harp and drums all in perfect harmony. The first official single "Shake It Out" with it's pounding drums and gentle organ and features a great repetitive chorus that sounds louder than any Sunday Choir! On "No Light, No Light" it starts out real soft before those familiar pounding drums come pounding again.

"Breaking Down" begins with a sound of a drum machine and finds Florence Welch singing in a different tone it sounds like something from the 80's given a fresh make over, it even fittingly has a break down towards the end. "Seven Devils" sounds hauntingly like Kate Bush and even the music sounds erie, like it could have been used in a horror or thriller movie. There is so many fine songs on the album the likes of "Lover To lover", opener "Only If For A Night" which sets the tone nicely for the album. On "Spectrum" the song includes Florence singing over a big dance beat before a breakdown in the middle which features gentle sounding strings, the two sounds work well together.

The deluxe edition features a few new tracks as well as demos and acoustic versions of "Heartlines", "Shake It Out" and "Breaking Down". The demo version of "What The Water Gave Me" is a more beat orientated version. The 3 extra tracks are all worth having and if you're a Florence And The Machine fan then you will want the deluxe edition.

Paul Epworth is once again on production duties as well as songwriting with Welch herself and keyboardist Isabella Summers. "Ceremonials" is a great second album to follow debut "Lungs" and one in which features plenty of standout tracks. There is no second album syndrome here!
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