Ceremonials [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

Ceremonials [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

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Ceremonials is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from Florence + the Machine. Following the critically acclaimed debut Lungs -- which won numerous prizes including a BRIT award -- bandleader Florence Welch oozes confidence here with her soulful songs and eccentric tendencies. Uniting with producer

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Ceremonials is the hotly anticipated sophomore album from Florence + the Machine. Following the critically acclaimed debut Lungs -- which won numerous prizes including a BRIT award -- bandleader Florence Welch oozes confidence here with her soulful songs and eccentric tendencies. Uniting with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Friendly Fires), the record contains harps and other instrumentation which ebb and flow throughout the tracks and culminate in the stadium-esque drums on "Never Let Me Go" and Welch's dynamic, powerful vocal on single "Shake It Out.,"

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
There's a point just past the halfway mark on "Shake It Out," the rousing first single from Florence + the Machine's second studio release, when the swelling guitars, organs, and strings, staccato percussion, and Florence Welch's air-raid siren of a voice lock up in a Herculean battle over which one is going to launch itself into the stratosphere first. It's a contest that plays out at least once on each of Ceremonials' immaculately produced 12 tracks. Such carefully calculated moments of rhapsody would dissolve into redundant treacle in less capable hands, but Welch does emotional bombast better than any of her contemporaries, and when she wails into the black abyss above, the listener can't help but return the call. 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. Producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Friendly Fires) knows that the fiercest weapon in his arsenal is Florence herself, and he stacks her vocals accordingly, creating a fevered, pagan gospel choir on "What the Water Gave Me" and "Leave My Body," a ghostly, Phil Spector-ish chorale on the surprisingly Beatlesque "Breaking Down," and a defiant, uplifting horde of merry pranksters on the spirited "Heartlines," resulting in that rare sophomore outing that not only manages to avoid the slump, but bests its predecessor in the process. [A Deluxe Edition of Ceremonials features three bonus studio tracks, as well as a demo version of "What the Water Gave Me."]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527870434
catalogNumber:
001629802
Rank:
7129

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Performance Credits

Florence + the Machine   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Sally Herbert   Violin
Mark Saunders   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Lisa Moorish   Background Vocals
Paul Epworth   Pump Organ
Lucy Shaw   Double Bass
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Richard George   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Jack Peñate   Background Vocals
Nikolaj Torplarsen   Piano
Rob Ackroyd   Guitar
Christopher Lloyd Hayden   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Isabella Summers   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Strings,Celeste,Choir, Chorus,Bells
Max Baillie   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin
Oliver Langford   Violin
Tom Monger   Bass Guitar,Harp
Jesse Ware   Background Vocals
Sian Alice   Background Vocals
Sam Paul Evans   Drums
Rusty Bradshaw   Keyboards,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Mark Rankin   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Composer,Producer
Eg White   Instrumentation
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Bullion   drum programming
Tabitha Denholm   Art Direction
Isabella Summers   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer
Francis White   Composer
Emma Forrest   Liner Notes
Ben Roulston   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Additional Production
Austen Jux Chandler   Engineer
Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel   Layout

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Ceremonials 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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One of my new fave singer. Love her singing. Like all the songs but my top favorite is no light no light and spectrum. The beat is really good with each song.
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