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

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Biskit6976 ,

Absolutely beautiful

So beautiful, Florence fans will not be disappointed!

Kittabbit ,

Promising

Its a little unfair to rate this before the album is fully released, yet as a diehard fan my biased feeling is to give it five stars for now.
This seems more like the artist I feel in love with who released "Lungs" and the dramatic follow up "Ceremonials" .
"How big how blue how beautiful" was a let down to those expecting material more similar to the previous albums - yet keeping in mind it was raw and stripped down as a way for Florence to re-evaluate who she was/is artistically (, or so I understand,) was a work of beauty.
This album seems to be the return of the modern day bard who blessed us with the aesthetic of "Rabbit Heart" and the jubilance of "Dog Days", yet still presenting the emotions demonstrated in "How Big How Blue How Beautiful".
All I hope for the rest of this album is that the Fairytale-Princess we met in "Ceremonials" is still contained in Florence's art .

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