soon after, florence + the machine broke into the north american music scene. with her song dog days are over featured in the eat, pray, love trailer, an appearance on snl, plenty of radio play, and a notable fashion sense, people started to notice her. it always saddens me when this happens because as much as artists claim to stay true to themselves, i feel like they end up lost somewhere in between the depths of celebrity life and the pressure to consistently satisfy expectations musically. so two and a half years later, i received an ealy copy of her new album with a large amount of cynicism. i was so prepared for disappointment, that i almost tried not to like it. but welch defied the odds and actually produced a cd that is still very much her and her unique sound.
her second album is appropriately named ceremonials, as a florence + the machine album is comparable to a religious experience. much like her last record, it starts off with the more upbeat/pop friendly tunes. her single shake it out will likely appeal to those who appreciated dog days on her last cd. when i'd initially heard what the water gave me as a single i wasn't too keen, but listening to it in context with the rest of the album, it's the perfect compliment.
with so much time to grow, this album is noticeably darker. perhaps not on the surface, but lyrically it is very apparent. something that i think florence is very open about and comfortable sharing with the world. i almost feel as though i'm fighting life's demons alongside her, especially so in seven devils.
the driving force behind this album is of course, florence welch's voice, which i believe is best showcased in leave my body and spectrum. it's her ability to belt out those notes on your behalf that is so powerful. with each listen, i find different songs that stand out for me. tonight i find remain nameless especially interesting because it has such classic pop music components but strikes me as such a different sound.
florence the machine's ceremonials is a contender for album of the year. the repeat button is already wearing down and i've only been listening to it since friday! i highly suggest you purchase this cd as soon as humanly possible and share your opinion. music is so subjective, i'm interested to hear what others think of this album as well!