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Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials (Island, 2011)

CELEBRATION OF PERFECTION

Imagine: You enter some old, rustic cathedral. You see the full orchestra and choir. In front of them there is only one woman. Red-haired, mystical Florence Welch whose voice and stature is a combination of Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and PJ Harvey. That mixture cannot fail. And for an hour of “Ceremonials” it doesn’t.

Very rich orchestration, deep, layered and spiritual lyrics, amazing production etc. deliver an album that is probably the best one in the year 2011. Florence and the Machine managed to transfer chamber music into beautiful mainstream pop. So, it’s not hard to see why she is being labeled as an art/baroque pop musician. As I already wrote when reviewing her single “What the water gave me”, she confirms strong feminist attitude, starting from the first album, but less obvious and better shaped. Aside from the mentioned female musicians, Welch is heavily influenced by Virginia Wolf, Frida Kahlo and many more.

It’s really hard to find enough words to describe an album as good as this one, and not make it sound like pure praises. So… to cut the long story short: “Ceremonials” is a masterpiece.

Recommended songs: “Shake it out”, “What the water gave”, “Never let me go”, “Heartlines”, ” Leave my body”, “Strangeness and charm”…

SLAVLJENJE SAVRŠENOG

Zamislite sledeće: Ulazite u neke staru katedralu. Vidite orkestar i hor. Ispred njih stoji samo jedna žena. Crvenokosa, mistična Florens Velč čiji su glas i stas kombinacija Kejt Buš, Eni Lenoks i Pi Džej Harvi. Ta mešavina ne može izneveriti što celočasovni „Ceremonials“ upravo potvrđuje.

Veoma bogata orkestracija, duboki, slojeviti i duhovni stihovi, sjajna produkcija i drugo, predstavljaju jedan od verovatno najboljih albuma u 2011. godini. Florens je uspela da pretopi kamernu muziku u lep mejnstrim pop. Tako da nije teško razumeti zašto je etiketirana kao izvođač umetničkog/baroknog popa. Kao što sam već pisao kada sam recenzirao njen singl “What the water gave me“, ona potvrđuje čvrste feminističke stavove, počevši od njenog prvog albuma, ali manje očigledno i bolje oblikovano. Pored pomenutih muzičarki, Velčova je dosta inspirisana Virdžinijom Vulf, Fridom Kalo i mnogim drugima.

Vrlo je teško pronaći prave reči koje mogu opisati album ovoliko dobar kao ovaj, a da ne ispadne kao puki hvalospev. Dakle… da skratimo, “Ceremonials“ je remek-delo.

Preporučujem: “Shake it out”, “What the water gave”, “Never let me go”, “Heartlines”, ” Leave my body”, “Strangeness and charm”…

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