Friday, December 16, 2011

Top-20 countdown - no.05

Florence + The Machines - Ceremonials

The second album is always a trap for an artist. They must achieve the success of the first one but also move their oeuvre forward by one or more steps. At the same time they have to face the absence of the pleasant surprise of their "discovery". Does Florence succeed in all of these with the grandiose Ceremonials? I would say enough. It surely will be as successful as lungs. It definitely welcomes us pleasantly with exceptional compositions that find her and her group in form. We have to do with a solid album, imposing, impressive. At the same time though, she does not seem to move forward, evolve artistically, open up more to us - at least not as much as I think she should. Of course it is her right to do so. But I hope this does not prove to be a trap for her career next. But let's have fun with her. In the end, it is not a small thing to procure one of the best records of the year. Go Flo.

This review was first published in the free-press magazine FAGazine, issue 03.

So far:

06. Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting
07. Acid House Kings - Music Sounds Better With You
08. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
09. When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie
10. James Blake - James Blake
11. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
12. P.J. Harvey - Let England Shake
13. Scott Matthew - Gallantry's Favorite Son
14. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
15. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
16. Gotye - Making Mirrors
17. Austra - Feel It Break
18. Soley - We Sink
19. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
20. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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