Album review :: Ceremonials- Florence and The Machine

ImageWhere would we be in a world without eccentricity? How would our current lives be different without the Bowies, the Mercurys and the Lydons of our times? The answer, nowhere. It’s true, society would be nothing without such great, perhaps insane minds in the music industry. Thankfully the colour on the music scene is being carefully painted by such visionaries as Florence and the Machine. 
After the sheer glory of Lungs it’s unsurprising that Florence felt somewhat pressurised to create something fresh and equally successful. Although it is true to say that Ceremonials does have certain nostalgia towards the twinkling harp sounds of the previous album, I strongly believe that Ceremonials has a substantial identity of it’s own.
Opening track Only If For A Night introduces the album gracefully with lyrics like  ‘Dancing on tiptoes, My own secret ceremonials’ and although not the most rousing song of the almost hour long album it makes the listener want to hear on, like the scene setting in a masterpiece novel.
Again we find ourselves delving into deep, dark morals and hidden meanings within the lyrics of Ceremonials with songs like ‘What The Water Gave Me’ and ‘Seven Devils’ with subjects that have such poignancy as suicide and facing personal demons. Less can be said for euphoric sounding track ‘Shake It Out’ which recently Florence said is about being hung over and simply wanting to ‘shake it out’.  Despite the lack of ethicality that Welch so often writes about it is inarguably a fantastic tune and a personal favourite, its lifting melody evokes feelings of pure warmth and nostalgia within and to boot it’s a tune that I struggle to keep still to.
So yet again Florence and the Machine has managed to create another awe-inspiring album, and as for the obvious relation to Lungs, who cares? It was a magnificent album for her ever ascending career and so is this one. This album is not only intricately dainty with the twinkling harp sounds that have endeared so many fans to Florence but is punctuated by soaring vocals and butterflies in the stomach excitement.

Album Review :: Panic At The Disco

New album Vices and Virtues. They maybe half the size due to the recent departure of guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist John Walker but they still have the same eccentric, baroque pop flare.

Vices And Virtues offers a lot more of a pop/rocky feel to it using heavier guitar lines and  some understated synth work. The Albums first sneak peek was in the form of a youtube video entitled ‘Overture’.  this features (vocalist) Brendon Urie, (drummer) Spencer Smith and a group of circus like people packing to leave a town. During the video Brendon says goodbye to two ghosts in a bar, and ends up alone with Spencer after the crowd of circus people leave they then self admittedly “let go” of material things  ( whether these things are allusion to the ‘old’ Panic! we will never know for sure but it definitely seems it)
The albums main tone to me is one of not only nostalgia with songs like “memories”  and “the calendar” but also apprehension – “Ready To Go”, shown mostly through the fast tempo of the album of the album. An exception to this is the stripped down, almost serenade-like “Always”, but still it has a sentimental feel.
All in all Vices and Virtues shows us how although ‘artistic differences’ (whatever that means’)   can be upsetting for both band and fans. Artists can still make an emphatic, lively and reflective record.