38.) Florence & the Machine - Ceremonials
The new album from Florence + the Machine actually suffers from a similar problem as the M83 album – it is trying very hard to be the biggest-sounding pop album on the planet. The songwriting approach on Ceremonials seems to be “Hey, ‘Drumming Song’ off the last album was ****ing epic. Let’s make 12 ‘Drumming Songs’ this time.” This album lacks the variance and eclectic touches that made Florence’s debut album so great to me. What’s here is plenty good: it has all of the choirs and orchestral arrangements and emotional drive and soaring vocals that made me a fan of Florence from the first song I heard of hers. The first three tracks are are good a sequence as Florence has ever put out. “What the Water Gave Me,” linked below, features basically everything that is good about Florence’s sound. Album opener “Only If For A Night” is the album’s highlight for me; it makes me feel as good as just about any song released this year. But I can’t help but feel that this album is like a Dragonforce album – it has lots of sounds that I love, but they are in so large a number that you become desensitized to it. Still, if you enjoyed Florence’s first album then you’re going to dig the Hell out of this one too.
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