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Florence + The Machine, 'Shake It Out'
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Vocally, this is her finest hour to date, really, properly singing where plenty of ‘Lungs’ simply saw her shout. However, as one might expect, the order of the day is still pagan poetry, singing spookily and enigmatically about cutting out her graceless heart and how “it’s always darkest before the dawn”. Or at least, that’s how it seems – so it rather kills the mood when you find out that it’s about having a hangover and wanting to quite literally shake it out by running around a bit. If there’s one thing you don’t want to do to an addled bonce, it’s shake it. You should know that by now, Florence. It might not be a crowded market, but Flo once again proves that as a doyenne of early 20th-century chamber pop, she remains unsurpassable.
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