Where 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.