universal records
Release date
1 Nov 2011
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Only If for a Night 4:58 343,662
2 Shake It Out 4:38 538,183
3 What the Water Gave Me 5:34 383,607
4 Never Let Me Go 4:32 367,678
5 Breaking Down 3:49 270,980
6 Lover to Lover 4:03 269,447
7 No Light, No Light 4:35 363,478
8 Seven Devils 5:04 280,214
9 Heartlines 5:02 250,485
10 Spectrum 5:12 298,733
11 All This and Heaven Too 4:06 234,091
12 Leave My Body 4:34 226,272
13 Remain Nameless 4:01 173,597
14 Strangeness and Charm 5:16 173,319
15 Bedroom Hymns 3:01 192,136
16 What the Water Gave Me (demo) 3:54 136,798

About this album

Ceremonials is the second studio album by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine, released on 28 October 2011 by Island Records. The band started working on the album in 2010 and finished it in 2011. All of the songs on the album were produced by Paul Epworth, who also worked prominently on the band’s debut album Lungs (2009).

The album received acclaim from music critics, who drew comparisons to artists such as Kate Bush, while also praising the instrumentation, Florence Welch’s vocals and the production of the songs. As a critical success, it appeared on several year-end critics’ lists in late 2011. Furthermore, Ceremonials received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and “Shake It Out” received one for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Ceremonials debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the band’s second consecutive number-one album in the UK. It also debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart and peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. English novelist Emma Forrest contributed an essay to the album, which can be found in the booklet of the CD edition.

To date, six singles have been released from Ceremonials. “What the Water Gave Me” was released on 23 August 2011 as a teaser for the album, along with a music video. “Shake It Out” was released on 30 September 2011 as the album’s official lead single, becoming one of the band’s most commercially successful singles to date. “No Light, No Light” was released on 16 January 2012 as the second official single from the album and “Never Let Me Go” was released on 2 April 2012.

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