Ceremonials (Deluxe Version)

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Florence + the Machine deliver one baroque-pop anthem after another on Ceremonials. Featuring majestic, theatrical arrangements centered on Florence Welch’s remarkable vocals, this is a bolder and more dramatic offering than their debut, Lungs. Booming percussion, strings, echoing keyboards, and big guitars create a towering platform of sound from which Welch emotes with a fury. Her powerful voice erupts amid a gospel choir on “Shake It Out,” “What the Water Gave Me,” and “Leave My Body,” while tribal drums fuel “No Light, No Light” and “Heartlines.” Even the relatively subdued “Lover to Lover” builds to a spine-tingling crescendo. A distinctly British blend of Celtic, goth, and neo-soul influences, Ceremonials is a thickly layered and orchestral production that practically demands a visceral response from the listener. Fans will be blown away.

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  • cranforever60

    There may be something of true in what you wrote, clavis_aurea, the songs are rather similar and perhaps too long: this certainly isn't Lungs but that's actually a good thing.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • clavis_aurea

    I got so tired of Florence after listening to this album. It's very heavy and tiresome, and the songs are all very similar. Lungs is a hundred times better.

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • CaioM_

    um dos melhores albuns do ano !excelente!

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • JordanWesley_

    <3

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • czapii

    wonderful...

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Amirjavdani

    Great Album

    21 Oct 2011 Reply