Ceremonials [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide
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.,"
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
There's a point just past the halfway mark on "Shake It ...
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All Music Guide
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.,"
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527870434
  • Catalog Number: 001629802
  • Sales rank: 23,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only If For a Night (4:58)
  2. 2 Shake It Out (4:38)
  3. 3 What the Water Gave Me (5:33)
  4. 4 Never Let Me Go (4:31)
  5. 5 Breaking Down (3:49)
  6. 6 Lover To Lover (4:03)
  7. 7 No Light, No Light (4:35)
  8. 8 Seven Devils (5:03)
  9. 9 Heartlines (5:01)
  10. 10 Spectrum (5:12)
  11. 11 All This and Heaven Too (4:06)
  12. 12 Leave My Body (4:35)
  13. 13 Remain Nameless (4:01)
  14. 14 Strangeness and Charm (5:15)
  15. 15 Bedroom Hymns (3:01)
  16. 16 What the Water Gave Me (3:54)
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Album Credits

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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mark Rankin Engineer
Paul Epworth Composer, Producer
Eg White Instrumentation
Florence Welch 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    SO amazing. Florence makes me shiver with her strong, passionate

    SO amazing. Florence makes me shiver with her strong, passionate voice.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    This album is AMAZING!!! It was creative and the music is excilerating and energizing. The lyrics are beautiful. My favorite songs are as follows: Shake it Out, No Light, and Only if for a Night. If you liked the first album, you definitely have to get this one!!! It is just as good but had a different feel. BUY IT!!!

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