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Billboard placed it at number eight on its list of the 10 Best Albums of 2011, noting that "Shake It Out" and "What the Water Gave Me" "possess an anthemic quality, but they're far from the only epic moments on the rock-tinged record, which finds Welch channeling avant-pop luminaries like Annie Lennox and Kate Bush.

As does the similarly barreling "No Light, No Light", which is one of the few tracks where Welch sets aside her usual flighty, dreamy, goth-y lyrical go-to's-- ghosts, graveyards, devils, angels, myths, drowning-- for something a bit more personal. The track charted at number 82 in the UK, [47] while reaching number three in Australia, the band's highest-peaking single in that country to date. To me, this is a really good way to listen to the album, but there are definitely ways the mastering could improve. It also debuted at number one in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200, becoming the band's first top-10 album in the United States.Other bonuses include a few demos of some of the record's huger cuts (and the term "demo" is relative here-- these stripped-back tracks are still pristine). Where Lungs at times felt like pieces of entirely different albums Ceremonials is a cohesive whole: taking the mystical sounding instrumentation of Cosmic Love and Rabbit Heart and the pounding rhythms of Drumming and ramping them up to an even higher level. Non-personalized content and ads are influenced by things like the content you’re currently viewing and your location (ad serving is based on general location). Bettering the sound she first developed on Lungs, the only problem she faces now is deciding which of its massive songs to release as singles. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

Pitchfork 's Ryan Dombal argued, "Instead of Lungs' largely charming yet discombobulating diversity, Ceremonials suffers from a repetitiveness that's akin to looking at a skyline filled with 100-story behemoths lined-up one after the other, blocking out everything but their own size.

Remain Nameless" replaces the record's corporate-rock drums and overzealous whoosh with an electronic minimalism similar to Welch's pals the xx.

It's a more thoughtful and restrained album than you may have expected, but it's bound to bring Florence + The Machine a whole new raft of fans.

Welch describes the song as "about seven minutes long and pretty relentless" and also "dancey, but it's also dark as well", [16] featuring "relentless drums and heavy, droning bass. The album also debuted at number one in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, [99] [100] [101] and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in its first week of sales. Having established herself as Florence, the songstress of craft and great emotion, it’s a shame she’s now allowed her machine to take over. Ceremonials debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the band's second consecutive number-one album.

Standing out immediately, at least initially, is "No Light, No Light" a track that explodes into life after a brief introduction and does not let up. AllMusic critic James Christopher Monger wrote, "Bigger and bolder than 2009's excellent Lungs, Ceremonials rolls in like fog over the Thames, doling out a heavy-handed mix of Brit-pop-infused neo-soul anthems and lush, movie trailer-ready ballads that fuse the bluesy, electro-despair of Adele with the ornate, gothic melodrama of Kate Bush and Floodland-era Sisters of Mercy. This album has such a wonderful sound, full of life and with a depth of quality that is hard to come across.

Sometimes in the space between the two albums some of the raw edge that you loved so much can get worn off, and songs can move at varying degrees towards the mainstream. The album's sound is described as baroque pop, [1] art pop, [2] indie pop, [3] neo soul, [4] power pop [5] and gothic pop. Listening to Ceremonials is a slightly surprising experience, as it is clear that a lot of effort has gone into making this a polished production, both in terms of the song writing and the production, and a lot of the songs are clearly more accessible to what you might term a mainstream audience.

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