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Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Rank: #113 / 867
USER SCORE
79
Based on
160 ratings

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80
PopMatters

Elevating their idiosyncratic style to an even grander scale, Ceremonials makes Florence and the Machine’s captivating debut Lungs seem quaint and charming in comparison.

bitch
77
Best: "Shake It Out", "Never Let Me Go", "Seven Devils"
Worst: "Heartline"
john95
70
The intriguing pop/rock band from London return with their sophomore effort. Sonically, Ceremonials is quite different from Lungs, in that the instrumentation is wider, the sound is louder and more arena-pop oriented, and Florence Welch showcases her isurmountable vocal range and power throughout pretty much every song. What is more, it includes some very interesting and even brilliant tracks such as Shake It Out, What the Water Gave Me, Never Let Me Go, Seven Devils, and All this and Heaven ... read more
sucker
77
Best songs: Shake It Out, Seven Devils, What The Water Gave Me, Spectrum, Never Let Me Go
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: Never Let Me Go ,Leave My Body, All This and Heaven Too , Only If for Night
FinalLifeline
90
On her sophomore effort, Florence Welch succeeds at nearly matching the songwriting power of her debut while exceeding it in terms of grandeur. Her heavy Kate Bush influence and punk sensibility are mostly on the back-burner, with British soul playing the biggest hand in the sound here. "Shake It Out" is one of Florence's best anthems (THE best, truly, until "Ship to Wreck"), and the choir-backed chorus (featuring a pre-success Jessie Ware) is certainly her most beautiful. ... read more
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DETAILS

November 1, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Universal Republic / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 26 - A.V. Club
# 13 - Amazon
# 15 - Bigger Than The Sound
# 8 - Billboard
# 28 - Clash
# 31 - NME
# 25 - PopMatters
# 11 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 1 - Q Magazine
# 27 - Rolling Stone
# 22 - Slant
# 20 - The Fly
# 2 - TIME
# 13 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 8 - NPR Listeners
Track List
  1. Only If for Night
  2. Shake It Out 
  3. What The Water Gave Me 
  4. Never Let Me Go 
  5. Breaking Down 
  6. Lover to Lover 
  7. No Light No Light 
  8. Seven Devils
  9. Heartline 
  10. Spectrum 
  11. All This and Heaven Too 
  12. Leave My Body


Added on: September 13, 2011