Albums of 2011: 9. Florence & the Machine – Ceremonials

Florence & the Machines debut album ‘Lungs’ was released in 2009, to a Mercury Prize nomination, a No. 1, a BRIT win and much celebrated praise of this new talent. She had a lot to live up to on this album, she somehow though, managed to do it, and not just do it, but better her debut and make an absolute triumph of a record.

Some of that rawness and slightly spontaneous spirit of the first album is gone, but whats been left is much more polished songwriting, a better vocal and a tremendous album that managed not only to let Florence leave her artistic integrity in place, but also give her a huge amount of commercial success. Ceremonials from the opening song ‘Only If For the Night’ this album is full of massive hits, incredible power in the vocal and not a forgettable tune on the album. Florence is destined to be the next huge superstar act from the UK, and after such a brilliant year, releasing this album and selling out three dates in Alexandra Palace for March 2012.

Standout Tracks: Lover to Lover, What the Water Gave Me, and No Light No Light

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