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Florence + The Machine return with Ceremonials

Written by Juan Cena on Tuesday, November 01 2011 and posted in Reviews

Florence + The Machine's follow-up to Lungs is a rich musical journey.

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Florence + The Machine rose to prominence last year with the single "Dog Days Are Over," The song introduced the world to Florence Welch and her vocal stylings which meld the  current trend of British R&B revivalists with those of 1990's-era female artists like Sinead O'Connor and Sarah McLachlan. The group's latest album, Ceremonials continues in this vein with dramatic and effective effect by merging Welch's vocals with  strong musical backing.

Ceremonials pairs Welch's strong vocals with music that goes beyond that of the standard Coldplay-esque sound that dominates Sirius/XM's Alt Nation channel these days. The piano parts on songs like "Seven Devils" those of Tori Amos' more prominent hits. On "Heartlines," the drums provide a dramatic counterpoint to Welch. Other tracks like "Leave My Body" and "Remain Nameless" fuse the gothic stylings of acts like Siouxie and the Banshees with the more soulful vocals in the R&B revival trend.

Altogether, Ceremonials is a musical journey that while having echoes of the past, invites the listener to forward to a musical future where three decades of various strands of alternative music have been reunited to form a melodic template for things to come.

Review by: The Nacireman

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