Florence returns with her third studio album which packs as much of a punch as her previous albums, continuing her trend of open and honest lyrics.
Following up on the enchanting and haunting ‘Ceremonals’ is no easy feat especially when you’ve played the album over and over like I have but she’s come back as big as ever with an album with is just as honest and lyrically beautiful as her previous counterparts.
Opening with the mesmerizing ‘Ship to Wreck’, the album follows a similar theme of live instruments and an organic sound throughout. Paying homage to the 70s/80s sound of Fleetwood Mac, it’s an instant classic.
It’s a bewitching album and something I can imagine hearing for years to come. It’s not going to be an album that is released and quickly fades away out of memory – people will be coming back to this album for a while, and when even the additional deluxe material – which consists of additional tracks and demos – is on par with the rest of the stellar a+ efforts of the original album, that’s when you know you’ve got something precious.
It’s definitely a grower. There’s songs that hit your right away like ‘What Kind of Man’ and ‘Queen of Peace’, and there’s the beautiful ‘St. Jude’, but there’s also songs that you know will take you a while to digest – and that’s entirely alright. You want an experience that will last a while over time, not an instant quick fix that you never return to. ‘Ceremonials’ took me a long time to get into but man, when it did, it really hit me.
Is it her best album? It’s hard to say, especially when each of her albums offer up something different to the plate but it’s definitely on the same wavelength with what you’ve come to expect from Florence, and you most certainly won’t be disappointed – It’s big, it’s blue and it’s most certainly beautiful (Witty conclusion there, eh!).