A night of high hopes with Florence and the Ma­chine

Toronto Life - - Culture -

MU­SIC | Florence and the Ma­chine | Oct. 16, Sco­tia­bank Arena

Florence and the Ma­chine’s new al­bum High as Hope takes a less-is-more ap­proach, let­ting lead singer Florence Welch’s huge voice shine over min­i­mal­ist pro­duc­tion. She shifts flu­idly be­tween soft, in­ti­mate songs and soar­ing power bal­lads, in­cor­po­rat­ing themes of love, fame, ad­dic­tion and lone­li­ness to tell a more-or-less lin­ear story about her days as a hard-par­ty­ing, self-de­struc­tive star search­ing for re­demp­tion (briefly de­tour­ing for an ode to one of her he­roes, Patti Smith). Play­ing off the suc­cess of the re­lease, her per­for­mance is sure to be equal parts dra­matic, en­er­getic and vul­ner­a­ble.

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