Band re­tains its sound

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Af­ter tak­ing the mu­sic world by storm two years ago with the re­lease of Lungs, Florence and the Ma­chine are back with their sec­ond stu­dio al­bum Cer­e­mo­ni­als.

The al­bum starts off with Only If For A Night and although the track sounds a lit­tle bit gloomy, it stays true to the sig­na­ture sound that set the act apart from other re­leases.

Through­out the al­bum, songs such as Lover to Lover and Never Let Me Go main­tain that orig­i­nal flavour, and fea­ture the clas­sic vo­cals of Florence Welch.

Stand­ing out is Shake it Out with al­most a dance feel but still un­mis­tak­ably Florence and the Ma­chine, and def­i­nitely a sum­mer an­them.

But af­ter lis­ten­ing to ev­ery track I was left a lit­tle empty. I liked Lungs but it was not a CD I lis­tened to ob­ses­sively, and Cer­e­mo­ni­als will prob­a­bly be the same, most likely be­cause they have a sim­i­lar for­mula.

This is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing. There is noth­ing worse than a band chang­ing their sound on a new al­bum and los­ing their ap­peal but I ex­pected more this time as there was so much hype about this re­lease.

Shake it Out is such a great song it re­deemed the rat­ing. Fans of Florence and the Ma­chine would be jump­ing with joy at the new al­bum.

As a ca­sual lis­tener I found it good but not some­thing I would lose sleep over.

John Hobbs

RE­VIEW: Florence and the Ma­chine’s Cer­e­mo­ni­als

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