10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Before, I thought I ran on a chaos engine,” Florence Welch told the Guardian in June 2018, shortly ahead of the release of High as Hope. “But the more peaceful I am, the more I can give to the work. I can address things I wasn’t capable of doing before.” This newfound openness gives her band’s fourth LP an unvarnished vulnerability. “Hunger” will sit proudly among her most personal and beautiful songs, while “South London Forever” and “Grace” both make peace with the excesses that decorated her rise to fame. Such lyrical heft affords the Londoners a chance to explore a more delicate, restrained sound, but there’s still space for Welch to blow the roof off. A fiery confessional that majestically takes to the skies and forms the album’s centrepiece, “100 Years” uncorks some vintage Florence. No one, we’re reminded, chronicles sadness quite so exquisitely, or explosively.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

“Before, I thought I ran on a chaos engine,” Florence Welch told the Guardian in June 2018, shortly ahead of the release of High as Hope. “But the more peaceful I am, the more I can give to the work. I can address things I wasn’t capable of doing before.” This newfound openness gives her band’s fourth LP an unvarnished vulnerability. “Hunger” will sit proudly among her most personal and beautiful songs, while “South London Forever” and “Grace” both make peace with the excesses that decorated her rise to fame. Such lyrical heft affords the Londoners a chance to explore a more delicate, restrained sound, but there’s still space for Welch to blow the roof off. A fiery confessional that majestically takes to the skies and forms the album’s centrepiece, “100 Years” uncorks some vintage Florence. No one, we’re reminded, chronicles sadness quite so exquisitely, or explosively.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Dame Agatha Christie ,

LOVE THE 2 TRACKS RELEASED

this is going to be phenomenal

Kelpie13 ,

Disappointed

I waited for this album with such excitement. All 3 singles, Sky Full of Song, Big God and Hunger, were so good that I figured the rest of the album would blow me away. Not so. I am a huge fan of Florence, have been since day one and there is honestly nobody who can write like her. I've bought all 3 of her previous albums and I can honestly there wasn't a track on them that I didn't like.
High as Hope feels stale. I feel that she's trying so hard to come across as steady and mature with her writing now that she's lost a lot of that amazing frenetic energy of her previous work that made her music what it is. I understand that artists grow and change but this to me feels like a step backwards.

RevUrrr ,

Best album to date.

Florence has really matured on this record. Gone are the metaphors she once hid herself behind on “Ceremonials” and the heartbreak experienced on “How Big How Blue How Beautiful”. This album is really a softer approach with some big tracks like “Patricia” written about Florence’s idol, Patti Smith and the western sounding “100 Years”. Then you have the tear-jerking piano ballad, “The End Of Love”, with a reference to “Only If For A Night” to keen fans. In closing - download this album.

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