Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Album Review)

Florence Welch is back with her third full length album. It’s about what fans of Welch and her band would expect, and it’s also a fun and thrilling album. This album seems to take a more rock heavy tone than her previous albums, which were more dance and pop than rock. Nevertheless, this is filled with catchy songs that will stay with you for days after listening to it.

The lead single is “What Kind Of Man.” The song is impossibly catchy and filled with emotion from Welch. Her voice is probably one of the best things about the band. Her tone is unique and the range that she has is absolutely insane. This range is obvious and explored on pretty much every song here, but this is the first song here where we see it truly explored. These lyrics are contagious and incredible, it’s hard not to like this song.

“Ship To Wreck” is yet another catchy track from the band. The lyrics itself aren’t even as in-depth and personal as a lot of her songs typically are, but it’s her delivery and the general melody of the song that makes it memorable. The beat is contagious and yet ahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRTQdCzpkrsgain, extremely catchy.

I really enjoy the song “Caught.” It’s not as pop/rock sounding as the last two tracks I’ve talked about, but it’s a lovely song as a whole. The song is more ballad like and it also has personal yet also heavy lyrics. The lyrics are a reference to Persephone. That’s one of the most unique things about Florence Welch: she manages to pack in various different references within her songs, while also adding her own personal touch to the tracks.

Delilah is yet another solid track. The song is a reference to the biblical story, which is yet another theme that happens in Florence + The Machine songs. She’s able to create such deep songs and tell stories in such beautiful lyrics. She paints the stories in an effortless manner which manages to stick with people. I enjoy the lyrics such as, “Now I’m dancing with Delilah and her vision is mine.” This is simple enough, but it still provokes tremendous amounts of imagery within the lines.

“St. Jude, the patron saint of the lost causes,” sings Florence on the song, “St. Jude.” This is a track that has references to religion and isn’t what one would say is necessarily personal, but it still comes across as passionate. You can clearly tell that Welch is invested in every lyric she sings. Even though the song isn’t directly about her personal experiences, you can tell that it’s based on her own feelings as she delivers the lyrics that are about grief and what it means to lose someone.

This was a much-anticipated album and Florence Welch has definitely delivered. “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is a personal album filled with emotional lyrics. Florence has a remarkable voice that sets her apart from many other artists and lead singers of bands. There’s no one else like her, and that’s what makes her so special. This is an album that you don’t want to miss out on!

Review written by Rachel Geiger.
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