Wednesday, November 2, 2011
*** SAU Official Report Card*** Florence + The Machine's "Ceremonials"
From the depths of the darken slumber comes the Queen of light. A weird, mild light that takes the term "light of dark" to another level. Vocals of a queen on "Shake it off" could be seen as her singing to her peers of the indie music scene just as Madonna took on "Evita" singing "Don't cry for me Argentina". It's true Florence + The Machine understands both sides.(Indie/major) A hard blow from the underside of your favorite fairytale comes Florence + The Machine's "Ceremonials"
It has to be something in the water that gave Florence the vocals to make an album so extreme yet, soft as a feather, landing on the pile of books that demolish the entire stack while fans and artists alike stand back smiling with the vague silence of inspiration.
Speaking to the revolutionary world we've never knew existed in music, "Ceremonials" shows growth and gives me the perplexed feeling on how "Off" vocals at times can be so so right. Freelance painting at its finest, this album shows what it is to have absolutely no pressure entering and exiting the booth.
Starting this album with "if Only for a night" zones you into their world with no choice, but the asking attitude of the entire album makes you feel better after hearing this music masterpiece; a 16 song "your welcome" so to speak. "Strangeness and Charm"(exclusive to the deluxe edition) shows the band at its best in my opinion. A soaring bridge, a strumming guitar added to drumming, and claps that were mixed so good everything sounds one, with Florence switching from head to chest vocals so simply says "take me now musical Gods" in one word...Excellent, in two words..fucking excellent!
Previously singing "The dog days are over" has to get a basic "True" when it comes to this album, "True" saying "Florence +The machine will without a doubt be looked at as the "Creme'De la Creme" of Alternative music from here on out, its as well as true that Ms. Florence has a voice that can't be compared to another.
Florence + The Machine- "Strangeness And Charm" Live At Glastonbury 2010)
Lyrical ability- A
WWA (World Wide Appeal)- A
SAU Official Grade- A