Florence And The Machine
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Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials Review
30-10-2011 | 0 comments
One day a critically acclaimed, commercially successful pop artist will aspire to make a record that sounds small. In a room with perfect acoustics a minimal cohort of musicians will lay down a set of... read more »
Florence And The Machine get re-imagined by The xx
29-09-2009 | 1 comment
The XX have remixed Florence And The Machine's version of 'You Got The Love'. The track has seen the band, who have been touring together recently, record new vocals which they mix in with those of... read more »
'Drumming Song' details
15-08-2009 | 0 comments
The tribal vibes of 'Drumming Song' are coming our way on Sept 13th. You can check out the dramatic, breathtaking video on YouTube. 'Drumming Song' will be available on Digipack CD, Digital EP and... read more »
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Florence And The Machine

Florence And The Machine songsMost popular Florence And The Machine songs (see all 61 songs)
1Cosmic Love lyrics1,047
2Never Let Me Go lyrics2,451
3Dog Days Are Over lyrics3,677
4Shake It Out lyrics3,900
5Howl lyrics4,321
6You've Got The Love lyrics6,155
7Spectrum (Say My Name) lyrics8,798
8Hardest of Hearts lyrics8,952
9Blinding lyrics9,824
10My Best Dress lyrics-

Florence And The Machine albumsMost popular Florence And The Machine albums (see all 4 albums)
1Ceremonials [2011]543
2Lungs [2009]686
3Between Two Lungs [2010]1,072
4MTV Unplugged [2012]1,892


Biography
Florence grew up in Camberwell, south London, the oldest of three children. One of her earliest musical memories is standing on top of the trunk where her dad kept his vinyl collection, dancing with him to the Rolling Stones. She started singing along to Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield at home, expanded her vocal range with arias, then became a pre-teen skatepunk before getting lost in the Camberwell art college squat party scene. It's an eclectic mix, but for her, the common thread is always the emotion. "Anything that has real feeling in it always excites me. Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Going To Come', Eva Cassidy singing 'Wade In The Water', even Rhianna's 'Umbrella' – I'm obsessed with music. I'll play Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Bob Dylan's 'Hurricane', Bruce Springsteen's 'Going Down'.
Florence found her own space by going out to clubs and pubs, by singing onstage and in her bedroom. By the time she left school, she'd already written songs like 'Kiss With A Fist', and knew she wanted to make music but not how to go about it. So after a year working behind a bar she went to art school, making tents under the desk to sleep off her hangovers while trying to convince her tutors she was an installation.

Let's talk about magic. Because music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else. "I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you're being sucked down into the ocean and you can't breathe," says Florence Welch. "It's something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you're either going to explode with it, or you're just going to disappear."

Florence writes her best songs when she's drunk or has a hangover, because that's when the freedom, the feral music comes, creating itself wildly from the fragments gathered in her notebooks and in her head. "You're lucid," she explains, "but you're not really there. You're floating through your own thoughts, and you can pick out what you need. I like those weird connections in the universe. I feel that life's like a consistent acid trip, those times when things keep coming back."

Florence herself is a mass of contradictions: she's tough yet she's terrified, a bundle of nerves and passion, of darkness and pure joy. "I feel things quite intensely, which is why the music has to be so intense. I'm either really sad or really happy, I'm tired or completely manic. That's when I'm at my most creative, but it's also dangerous for me. I feel I could write some good songs, or break some hearts. Or tables. Or glasses."

As a performer she can seem fearless, but she's also far too quick to pass judgement on herself. This is the woman, after all who got into Camberwell art college by making a huge floral sign telling herself 'You are a twat.' She says she's a geek, who loses all control when in love. She's also something increasingly rare and precious in a time of karaoke pop: an artist who has found her own, authentic voice.

Her soaring, epic vocals, quirky melodies and self-contained musical world have already won her the 2009 Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Some compare her to Kate Bush. You'll also find touches of Tom Waits and Nick Cave in her dark visions, and if you heard a little of Bjork too, she'd find it a compliment. But mainly, Florence is out on her own: an exhilarating place to be, she points out, but also a little scary.

Her debut album 'Lungs' is made of harps, choirs, drums, elevator shafts, bits of metal, love, death, fireworks, string quartets, stamping, sighing, strange electronic wailing, lambs, lions, sick, broken glass, blood, moon, stars, drink, coffins, teeth, water, wedding dresses.. and the silences in between. The songs are full of Gothic imagery, of fairytale flights of fantasy, and although much has been read into her lyrics, Florence says it's usually simple. "Everything is about boys!" she laughs. "The whole album is about love – and pain.
Debut album, 'Lungs', was released in July 2009, preceded by third single, 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'.

For the album 'Lungs': It wasn't until she wrote the haunting 'Between Two Lungs' that it all came together. Instead of percussion, Florence pounded the studio walls with her hands. She built the melody on the piano even though it's not an instrument she knows how to play, and recorded the backing vocals first, before writing the top line. It's bonkers and totally unconventional, but of course it is also glorious – a strange but yearning song about losing yourself in love. "I'd found my voice, and I just felt euphoric," she recalls. "It's been a real process of me learning that the way I wanted to do it was actually the right way. This whole album has been about having faith in myself."

As for The Machine, it's a flexible beast. It can go right down to Florence and a drum kit or a piano, but right now it's a seven-piece band including long-term collaborators Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). "I've worked with most of them for a long time and they know my style, know the way I write, they know what I want."

Lungs also went on to become number one in the UK album charts in January 2010. Florence won the mastercard Album at the Brits award 2010 where she also performed a hugely popular collaboration, 'You've Got the Dirtee Love' with Dizzee Rascal. This was a mix between Florence's popular 'You've Got the Love' and Dizzee's 'Dirty Cash'.

In 2011 the song "Dog Days Are Over" is used for the commercial iPad 2, Apple.
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105 Comments
18-04-2013 00:16 shaqreia
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@ You've Got The Love

i love this song her voice is simply perfect and flawless and i enjoy this song so much.
14-12-2012 13:24 Saina1712
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@ Shake It Out

Don't we all, drag that horse around and instead of heaven, find devil in ourselves? All we need to do is, 'Shake him off'
13-08-2012 15:36 CharlotteO
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@ Never Let Me Go

The best Florence song! Heard it live a few days ago, it gave me goosebumps all over!
15-07-2012 20:57 anggathereds
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@ Shake It Out

18-06-2012 20:09 AlfredoOcaranza
 
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@ Ceremonials

The album's main theme is pretty much drowning. And that's not such a bad thing. Continuing to be an album as dark as Lungs, Ceremonials steps into a more soulful territory. Welch's vocals being showed off more than the usual. Th album is let commercial than Lungs, but it does feature some hook-heavy songs. For instance, Shake It Out, No Light No Light, and Only If For A Night. Ghosts seem to also be a main theme in this album. But who cares? The album is not as great as Lungs, but it is still a masterpiece of soul.
18-06-2012 20:04 AlfredoOcaranza
 
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@ Lungs

One of my favorite albums that I own. Florence's voice is sooooo amazing and powerful. Her large vocal range gives much soul to this baroque album. The songs are all very dark in nature, but some are fun and quirky. For instance, the reggae-ish Hurricane Drunk and the fast, beat-infused Drumming Song. The best thing in this album is pretty much Florence Welch. No ones compares to her. She is a different kind of popstar. One we won't get tired of in 40 years.
18-06-2012 20:03 AlfredoOcaranza
 
9 posts
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@ Lungs

One of my favorite albums that I own. Florence's voice is sooooo amazing and powerful. Her large vocal range gives much soul to this baroque album. The songs are all very dark in nature, but some are fun and quirky. For instance, the reggae-ish Hurricane Drunk and the fast, beat-infused Drumming Song. The best thing in this album is pretty much Florence Welch. No ones compares to her. She is a different kind of popstar. One we won't get tired of in 40 years.
11-06-2012 18:11 Jess090
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@ Breath Of Life

Love it totally suits the movie!!!!
16-05-2012 02:59 Elphaba38
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@ Girl With One Eye

OMG, I am quite sure that this is my favourite Flo song to date, oddly enough.
16-05-2012 02:55 Elphaba38
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@ I'm Not Calling You a Liar

Song after song, she (they) keep amazing me! Such consistent greatness is rare. So happy to have found her months back, but I only wish I had found her sooner.