A night of high hopes with Florence and the Machine
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.