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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Ceremonials
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 August 2017
Admittedly I've come to this album rather late, but Ceremonials was the second studio album by Florence and the Machine released back in 2011.The production here is a challenging, atmospheric Rhapsody, very high-church, with harps, bells, shimmers, strings, booming drums, staccato percussion, and keyboards that become more and more prominent over the course of the album.

There are tempestuous ballads, with heroic soaring choruses all with an arty eccentricity and one can’t help but compare Welch’s siren vocals to the great Kate Bush, particularly on one of the album's most vast tracks, "Heartlines" which is turbulent and all wild tribal whacking, ranting, and bawling. Then there is "Never Let Me Go", a dirge that's a strange mixture of ethereal meets gothic rock. Ceremonials is indeed an immaculately produced album with big bold vocals that at times are full of deep despair and sound like a frenzied pagan gospel choir, so taken as a whole, for me at least, it’s not easy listening, but I guess that depends on what you're looking for. Four stars.
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on 2 November 2011
It's always exciting to receive a new album from someone whose first album you loved and whose music you can place effortlessly against the time in your life you first heard it. Sometimes in the space between the two albums some of the raw edge that you loved so much can get worn off, and songs can move at varying degrees towards the mainstream. Listening to Ceremonials is a slightly surprising experience, as it is clear that a lot of effort has gone into making this a polished production, both in terms of the song writing and the production, and a lot of the songs are clearly more accessible to what you might term a mainstream audience... But there's simply not one bad song on the album, and most of them are beautiful, haunting songs with lyrics so descriptive and evocative that you're back there again feeling that same experience of discovery that you did when first listening to Lungs.

It's possible to "cherry pick" songs from this album - and I could pick out several favourites - but I wouldn't recommend doing that, as it works so well as a whole album. It's a more thoughtful and restrained album than you may have expected, but it's bound to bring Florence + The Machine a whole new raft of fans.
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on 9 August 2017
Exactly as advertised, Quick delivery A+A+
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on 15 August 2017
Truly wonderful music.
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on 8 April 2017
great music
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on 6 July 2017
Perfect
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on 18 April 2017
Cool
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on 13 June 2017
Decent album
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on 23 August 2017
Great!!
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on 27 April 2016
brilliant love it played it that much I've had to replace it
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