Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
Lungs, though I just about forgot almost all of it, delivered one indelible impression: this broad has got some pipes. Ceremonials charmed the pants off me with its unrelenting huge-ness. Just about every song shoots for some messianic level of arena-chorus melodrama and it delivers almost every time. The songwriting and arrangements are remarkably strong. The production is pitch perfect, remaining big and full without crossing into wherever the line of “overproduction” lies. And the lyrics are way stronger than what you typically find in music this ripe for populist enjoyment. You don’t have to feel guilty about liking this. And you don’t have to lie to a girl at a bar when you’re agreeing with how awesome it is. This is smart, lush, big pop music done incredibly well.