Florence + The Machine - High as Hope
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2018 Ratings: #312 / 735
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Based on 572 ratings
2018 Ratings: #243
June 29, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

Welch's singing throughout is extraordinary, shifting gears effortlessly from melancholic softness to high-powered exultation, even ululation. Every gasp, growl and fluttery trill seems perfectly placed.

100
Sputnikmusic

The easiest and most likely path to continued success for Welch and company would have been to attempt to re-create the spellbinding magic of Ceremonials or the anthemic qualities of Lungs. High as Hope is neither, and that makes it hands down the most forward-thinking album of Florence and the Machine’s career.

90
Drowned in Sound
It’s raw, human, stripped of all excess and laid bare – and it’s quite possibly the most beautiful thing the band has ever released. Near perfection.
90
Earmilk
This album is a fragmented set of notes on loving. Most of the tracks read like poetry rather than songs, with a stream-of-consciousness style that could make Joni Mitchell jealous.
83
Paste

A new level of vulnerability from Florence Welch and deft, atmospheric production from Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey) makes High As Hope another album of cathedral-filling, mountain-moving sound, with Welch’s vocals the main source of power.

80
Exclaim!

Welch is writing reflectively but with a firm rooting in the present; singing with clarity about life's biggest questions as she and her fans continue to figure it out side-by-side, in both the loud and quiet moments.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Her ship long since wrecked, High As Hope is the lifesaving raft build from its shattered driftwood.

80
DIY

‘High as Hope’ is an album that takes solace in those closest to her, works to right previous wrongs, and sees her come out the other side a whole lot stronger.

80
The Independent

What she's come to realise, finally, on new Florence & The Machine album High As Hope, is that her voice is just as, if not more powerful when she holds back.

80
Clash
Stripped back and unapologetic, Florence Welch’s fourth record as Florence + the Machine carries a sense of nakedness never seen before - it’s self-aware, remorseless, and raw.
80
PopMatters

High as Hope dials down Florence and the Machine's trademark theatrics to forge a vulnerable and visceral musical achievement.

80
Northern Transmissions
On her latest album however Welch decides to ditch much of her mysterious lyricism for honest lyrics and often more stripped-down arrangements that build up. Though this sometimes makes for a less interesting record, Welch’s enthusiasm carries the music.
80
musicOMH

There are moments where Welch wears her influences rather too close on her sleeve ... but overall, High As Hope is certainly her most impressive album since Ceremonials.

80
Spill Magazine

High as Hope, their fourth album together, is as vocally impressive as ever, but where power was the distinguishing characteristic in the past, here it is the other end of the spectrum, with the most notable moments being those grounded in vocal discretion and story-telling.

75
A.V. Club

Musically, High As Hope isn’t too far off from the operatic orchestration of her earlier work, which is the most frustrating thing about it.

75
Under The Radar

This is a deep well of an album that demands repeated listens—the subtleties and intricacies revealing themselves satisfyingly and sometimes inspiringly as time goes on.

70
Rolling Stone
Her confidences may be performative, but they’re palpable.
70
AllMusic

Straightforward and relatably human, High as Hope may not be the rousing version of Welch from previous albums, but as a document of her personal growth, it's an endearing and heartfelt study of truth and self-reflection.

70
FLOOD Magazine

High as Hope ... may be the best yet for a simple reason: More than ever, Welch trusts her magnetic personality and her unerring gift for skyscraping pop hooks to do the emotional lifting.

70
The 405

It finds beauty in complex subtly allowing Florence’s vocals and by extension her personality to shine through more than it has before.

70
No Ripcord

They never commit fully, but there is enough of a change (guitars are almost entirely absent, for a start) that High As Hope does feel like a new step.

70
The Needle Drop

Florence + The Machine exercise a bit more restraint than usual on High as Hope.

70
Spectrum Culture

High as Hope is undoubtedly the saddest record to come out of the Machine camp, and Welch owns it with that flamethrower emotional power.

67
Consequence of Sound

High as Hope is a marvel when Welch pushes past the boundaries both within herself and in the familiar structure of songs, but falters when stagnating inside those constraints.

60
The Guardian

Florence Welch’s fourth album is most powerful when focused on the small, telling details of encroaching adulthood.

60
NME

Stripped to the bare bones of her soul and the sentiment, her truth shines – and there’s a beauty in that. The only thing holding it back is a lack of risk, but there’s still so much comfort in the familiar.

60
Slant Magazine

These transcendent moments, which explore the evolution of Welch's personal mythos, are too few and far between.

60
Crack Magazine

For the most part ... High as Hope is endearingly human.

60
The Observer

Welch could never be accused of being an impersonal artist, but a good spell of High As Hope is not only personal but direct.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Ultimately, there would be more to say if High as Hope, and the rest of the band’s discography, didn’t already lay it out for you.

57
Pitchfork
How small, how beige, how disappointing.
Inglume
78
Trying to enjoy Florence + The Machine in 2019 without any distractions but every 30 seconds, I'd get reminded of oh's iconic Discord phrase "ok, but British people be like £".

@oh, this is for you. After begging for months and reminding everyone about Florence, your wish has come true, I guess.

I'll keep my thoughts straightforward for High As Hope, but I will say I'm genuinely surprised this isn't getting as much attention as Florence's other albums! General consensus say ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
83
I challenge @oh to a fight, square up.
Oreox4
70
It's good but honestly aint my style. There's not a lot to this from my point of view. It does get pretty tiring near the end.

Yep that's the whole review sorry guys. Not feeling a 100 on this one oh.

June: 73/100 (Good)
Not feeling a 100 on this one oh.

Hunger: 77/100 (Good)
Not feeling a 100 on this one oh.

South London Forever: 68/100 (Decent)
Not feeling a 100 on this one oh.

Big God: 73/100 (Good)
Not feeling a 100 on this one oh.

Sky Full of Song: 74/100 (Good)
Not feeling a ... read more
Gyro64
80
oh album

oh album
85
This is the first real evolution in Florence and the Machine sound. I was afraid this album would sound like a parody of Lungs, but it's totally different. It's delicate and raw, honest and strong. This time she is really singing about real stuff.
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Track List

  1. June
  2. Hunger
  3. South London Forever
  4. Big God
  5. Sky Full of Song
  6. Grace
  7. Patricia
  8. 100 Years
  9. The End of Love
  10. No Choir
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