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Live Gig Video: Florence and the Machine play ‘Never Let Me Go’ for AOL Sesssions

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Florence and the Machine performed ‘Never Let Me Go’ (see the video below) and several other songs off Florence Welch’s latest album, ‘Ceremonials’ for AOL Sessions. More songs are available on the AOL Web site.

Read Cheryl’s review of the latest album here. Catch Florence and the Machine on their first UK arena tour next March; details are all here.

 

Florence and the Machine / March 2012 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Florence and the Machine will be going on a UK and Irish arena tour in March 2012. Support will come from the Horrors, Spector and Theme Park (only 9/3, when they replace Spector). Tickets go on sale this Friday (25 November) at 9 AM.

Friday 2nd March 2012 – Dublin O2 Arena
Sunday 4th March 2012 – Bournemouth International Centre
Monday 5th March 2012 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 6th March 2012 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Thursday 8th March 2012 – London Alexandra Palace
Friday 9th March 2012 – London Alexandra Palace
Monday 12th March 2012 – Glasgow SECC
Tuesday 13th March 2012 – Birmingham LG Arena
Thursday 15th March 2012 – Manchester Evening News Arena
Friday 16th March 2012 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

 

Video of the Moment #637: Florence and the Machine

 
By on Monday, 21st November 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

The new video for ‘No Light, No Light’ Florence and the Machine‘s next single out in mid-January, is super creepy. Too bad we didn’t have this back on Halloween week; it would have fit right in then. And uh, any references to Indiana Jones are likely to be coincidental.

Her second album, ‘Ceremonials’, was reviewed by Cheryl and you can read her review here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGH-4jQZRcc[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Florence and the Machine on Jools Holland

 
By on Friday, 4th November 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

Florence and the Machine performed this week on Later…with Jools Holland and we’ve got two performances to show you. ‘No Light, No Light’ and lead single ‘What the Water Gave Me’ can be watched below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emogqey7DxQ[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czhA9ow0ZFE[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

 
By on Monday, 31st October 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

The Florence and the Machine sophomore effort ‘Ceremonials’ (the 2011 follow-up to ‘Lungs’, Florence Welch’s 2009 and 2010 Brit Award winning album), Welch promised “more dark, more heavy, bigger drum sounds”. She has made good on her promise. There is a welcomed heaviness to the album, which is awash in driving bass and drums. And yet, there has been a definite progression. On hearing the new sound, it is immediately apparent who Welch has been working with: her producer Paul Epworth, who cowrote several songs on Adele’s 2011 ‘21’, has definitely helped Welch craft her new ‘soulful’ sound. Tracks like ‘Lover to Lover’ and ‘Shake It Out’ strike me as almost excessively Adele-like. This is not to say it is a bad move, simply a bit less of the original dark mystic music of ‘Lungs’.

Having said that, I can just hear opening track ‘Only If for a Night’ reverberating through a stadium. This is a feat I know Welch is up to because I have seen her do it when she supported U2 in America, belting out her best to 80,000 people. This track pounds through your head like the Flo you know and love. To my mind, she has opened the album with the strongest track. The second official single is to be ‘No Light No Light’ – a huge song – with a “weird drone-y bass sound” at the beginning that is in fact a recording of the sounds her tour bus made in Amsterdam. The arrangement calls to mind the image of a church, a reflection of the album’s title. And ‘Seven Devils’ retains the Kate Bush pedigree that drew me to Florence and the Machine in the first place. It’s squealing strings, insistent drums and swirling chorus puts a little spook back into album’s the soulfulness.

As a whole, ‘Ceremonials’ still evokes image of the diaphanous gowns that float over Welch’s frame as she takes her soaring vocals up and over where they’ve gone before: beautiful, stirring and a bit frightening. Welch was offered the opportunity to work with ‘American pop’ producers, but she felt she couldn’t leave behind the essence of what creates ‘Lungs’. Luckily, much of that strength and power remains. I never fault an artist for growth or changing their approach or sound, but it doesn’t mean I will necessary like it. So don’t get me wrong, ‘Ceremonials’ is a huge album. It is full of great songs that swell with Welch’s amazing voice and haunting lyrics. I do, however, prefer her previous offering.

8/10

‘Ceremonials’, the sophomore album from Florence and the Machine, is out today in regular and deluxe (2 CD) versions on Island.

 

Video of the Moment #592: Florence and the Machine

 
By on Tuesday, 4th October 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Here is Florence and the Machine‘s (Florence Welch) new video for ‘Shake It Out’. Ms. Welch’s second album will be released on the spooky date of the 31st of October (Halloween, natch). Appropriately, there are masked men and ghostly scenes in this promo.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN0nX61rIs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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