music ALBUM REVIEW: FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

ALBUM REVIEW: FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

Florence Welch, the eponymous powerhouse vocalist behind Florence and the Machine, is a cyclonic kaleidoscope.

Florence Welch, the eponymous powerhouse vocalist behind Florence and the Machine, is a cyclonic kaleidoscope. Seriously. Those are the first words that pop into my head when I listen to her now-patented brand of swelling, emotive, tremulous, and moving music. On Ceremonials, the follow-up effort to her debut album Lungs, Flo switches gears, throwing her Gothic English-rose idyllic styling into high-octane mode. Here she lets loose the floodgates of blinding baroque-pop-rock fury that was strongly hinted at last time around. A deft combination of atmospheric orchestrations, lush presentations filled with harps, strings, pounding drums, and that foundation-shaking, octave-spanning voice (that reaches for the stars and lands in a different universe altogether) will leave you reeling.

Runs the emotional: “Spectrum”