By Tamsin Mathias
Florence + The Machine is back with yet another brilliant album filled with songs that are sure to litter the top 40.
Led by singer Florence Welch, the Machine is keyboardist Isabella Summers, guitarist Rob Ackroyd, drummer Chris Hayden, harpist Tom Monger and bassist Mark Saunders, and with the success of previous albums Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011) and How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015), Florence + The Machine have a lot to live up to. And we’re pleased to see that they’ve managed to deliver once again!
Beginning the album with a soft song entitled ‘June’, it sets you up ready for an album full of classics. Up next is a track entitled ‘Hunger’, a track that shows off Florence’s fantastic and unique vocals. It’s quite upbeat and really catchy, and we can see this one being popular with a lot of people!
Moving on to ‘Sky Full Of Song’, which is a track that follows 2016’s ‘Wish That You Were Here,’ recorded for the Final Fantasy XV video game soundtrack. The beginning is sung a capella, which reminded us very much of Sandi Thom’s ‘Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’! Co-written and produced by Welch, with the help of Thomas Bartlett and Emile Haynie, the track serves as an ode to Welch’s love of performing. A stunning song, this one will be remembered for a long time.
‘Grace’ follows on from this, with a jazz sound similar to that of Jamie Cullum’s, created mainly by the keyboard and bass. The chorus lights up as it always does with this band, delivering once again, a very beautiful song.
Up next is ‘Patricia’, and as it begins, it makes you think it’s going to be a similar track to the previous one, but wait. It’s not. Keep listening, and you’ll soon be treated to a classic Florence track.
Finishing off the album with a few ballads and a couple of upbeat tracks, this album is noting less of what you expect from a Florence + The Machine album, filled with songs that are musically diverse and that show off Florence’s beautiful vocals.
So if you’re a fan of Florence + The Machine, we highly doubt you’ll be disappointed. And if for some reason you’ve never come across their music before – give it a listen!