Florence + The Machine - 'Spectrum'

Florence + The Machine - 'Spectrum'

Like the drunk at your office party hell-bent on showing off zany holiday snaps, Flo’s back to prove how goddamn weird’n’wacky she is. Thus, when she starts honking “say my name” over some Twilight-tinged waftiness, it’s less like...

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Florence And The Machine - 'Breath Of Life'

Florence And The Machine - 'Breath Of Life'

With 2011's 'Ceremonials', Florence Welch cemented her status as pop-gothess. Her blend of quiet/loud indie tuneage, ye olde lyrical references and a new control in her voice meant that on 'Ceremonials' she stepped up a gear. This track, taken...

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Florence + The Machine - 'MTV Unplugged'

Florence + The Machine - 'MTV Unplugged'

Mention MTV Unplugged to those who have even a half-arsed record collection and they’ll instantly think of one thing; Nirvana's flawless, iconic 1993 performance and accompanying multi-million selling album. It proved that they had hearts as...

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Florence + The Machine and Josh Homme - 'Jackson' (Nancy Sinatra/ Lee Hazlewood cover)

Florence + The Machine and Josh Homme -...

Florence has already proved twice over that she can tame that torrent of a voice in the service of an affecting duet, first tackling ‘Suspicious Minds’ at the NME Awards 2009 with James Allan and then joining The Horrors for ‘Still Life’...

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Florence & The Machine - 'Take Care' (Drake cover)

Florence & The Machine - 'Take Care' (Drake cover)

The Radio 1 Live Lounge offers as much crap as it does decent cover versions (for every Bombay Bicycle Club doing ‘Video Games’, there’s a Kasabian doing ‘Video Games’) but fortunately Florence ’s version of Drake and Rihanna...

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Florence + The Machine, 'Shake It Out'

Florence + The Machine, 'Shake It Out'

Florence’s thought police are allowing us to call ‘Shake It Out’ a single. We had to call the first single from ‘Ceremonials’, the lugubrious ‘What The Water Gave Me’, a ‘teaser’ track, despite it being available to buy and...

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Florence And The Machine - 'Take Care'

Florence And The Machine - 'Take Care'

Made by "three of her favourite artists" (that's Jamie xx, Rihanna and Drake to you and me), Florence covers 'Take Care' in the Beeb's 'Live Lounge'. The 'Live Lounge' has been home to some of the best surprise covers (Arctic Monkeys do Girls...

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Album Review: Florence And The Machine - 'Ceremonials'

Florence And The Machine - 'Ceremonials'

In the 19th century, society had a method for sweeping women whose behaviour was deemed strange and unusual under the carpet: they’d be spirited away to places with large lawns and high walls, and left to keep counsel with sprites and faeries on...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

Florence + The Machine - 'Shake It Out' Florence’s thought police are allowing us to call ‘Shake It Out’ a single. We had to call the first single from ‘Ceremonials’, the lugubrious ‘What The Water Gave Me’, a ‘teaser’ track,...

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Florence And The Machine, 'What The Water Gave Me'

Florence And The Machine, 'What The Water Gave Me'

It's a blessed relief to hear some new Florence after 'You Got The Love' attained the kind of blanket ubiquity that had us itching to hear something, anything, from her Flojesty other than the Candi Staton cover. But what's surprising is how...

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