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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [Bonus Tracks]

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [Bonus Tracks]

by Florence + the MachineFlorence + the Machine

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The much-anticipated third studio long-player from Florence Welch and her mechanically inclined companions, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful arrives after a period of recalibration for the spirited English songtress. Arriving three-and-a-half years after 2011's well-received Ceremonials, the 11-track set, the first Florence + the Machine album to be produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay), eschews some of the bombast and water- and death-fixated metaphors of Lungs and Ceremonials in favor of a more restrained sonic scope and an honest reckoning with the dark follies of your late twenties. This change is most notable on the workmanlike opener "Ship to Wreck," a shimmering, open road-ready folk-rock rumination on the ambiguity/inevitability of post-fame self-destruction that, unlike prior first cuts like "Dog Days Are Over" and "Only If for a Night," feels firmly rooted in the now. The bluesy (and ballsy) "What a Man," the propulsive and purposeful "Delilah," and the gorgeous title track impress the most. Instead of building to a fevered crescendo, as is the Flo-Machine way, the latter cut, a transcendent, slow-burning, chamber pop gem, dissolves into a simple and elegant, yet still goose-bump-inducing round of horns, and is breathtaking without knocking the wind out of you. [How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was also released with two bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547236050
catalogNumber: 002312202
Rank: 1870


  1. Ship to Wreck
  2. What Kind of Man
  3. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  4. Queen of Peace
  5. Various Storms and Saints
  6. Delilah
  7. Long & Lost
  8. Caught
  9. Third Eye
  10. St. Jude
  11. Mother
  12. Hiding
  13. Make Up Your Mind
  14. Which Witch
  15. Third Eye
  16. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Florence + the Machine   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
John Barclay   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Ian Belton   Violin
Nick Cooper   Cello
Markus Dravs   Synthesizer,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Richard Edwards   Tenor Trombone
Wayne Francis   Saxophone
James Hallawell   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,farfisa organ
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Ann Morfee   Violin
Sonia Slany   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Ian Humphries   Violin
Julia Singleton   Violin
Oren Marshall   Tuba
Everton Nelson   Violin
Nigel Black   French Horn
Paul Epworth   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Lucy Shaw   Bass
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Fiona Bonds   Viola
Ian Burdge   Cello
Sophie Harris   Cello
Andy Wood   Trombone,Euphonium
Nick Barr   Viola
Pete Harrison   Bassoon
Leo Abrahams   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Worsey   Cello
Brett Shaw   Percussion
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Mark Saunders   Bass
John Smart   Violin
Richard Pryce   Bass
Daniel Newell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo Trumpet
Ali Helnwein   Strings
Rebecca Wood   Oboe,Cor anglais
James Ford   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Nick Walters   Trumpet
Robin Baynton   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Rachel Robson   Viola
Kid Harpoon   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar
Rob Ackroyd   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Charlie Hugall   Percussion
Isabella Summers   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Tom Rees-Roberts   Trumpet
Max Baillie   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin
Alison Dods   Violin
Phillip Eastop   French Horn
Phil Cobb   Trumpet,Trumpet Flugelhorn
John Hill   Synthesizer
Ahmad Dayes   Trombone
Eliza Marshall   Flute,Alto Flute
Matt Ingram   Percussion,Drums
Ed Tarrant   Euphonium
Oliver Langford   Violin
Sam Jacobs   French Horn
Baby N'sola   Background Vocals
Alex Beitzke   Guitar
Ciaran McCabe   Violin
Tom Monger   Harp
Rusty Bradshaw   Piano
Pete Prokopiw   Harp,Cimbalom
Iain Berryman   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Cornet,Harmonium
Orlando Leopard   Organ,Bass,Piano,Harmonium
Janelle Martin   Background Vocals
Chris Hayden   Percussion,Drums
Elise Campbell   French Horn
Andy Crowley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Markus Dravs   Composer,Programming,Producer,Woodwind Arrangement
Sally Herbert   Orchestration,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Flute Arrangement,Woodwind Arrangement,Brass Conductor
Jimmy Robertson   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Composer,Producer
Brett Shaw   Producer,Engineer
Dan Cox   Engineer
Mat Bartram   Engineer
Ali Helnwein   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
James Ford   Composer,Programming,Producer,Woodwind Arrangement
Robin Baynton   Engineer
Kid Harpoon   Producer,Brass Arrangment
Ester Dean   Composer
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Charlie Hugall   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Isabella Summers   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Hill   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment
Tom Hull   Composer
Ben Roulston   Engineer
Alex Beitzke   Engineer
Pete Prokopiw   Programming
Iain Berryman   Engineer
Orlando Leopard   Arranger
Joe Kearns   Engineer
Will Owen   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment

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