Florence & The Machine - 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'

8/10

After four years since her last studio album 'Ceremonials', we became used to the fact that the legacy of Florence & The Machine had been completed but boy were we wrong. Now returning with her third studio effort 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful', Florence Welsh has managed to rekindle the euphoric energy of her previous work and return with one of her biggest albums to date.

While the energy that made you dance like a lunatic has been quashed on this new record, its uplifting and rapturous vocal harmonies have excelled themselves and gives this new release a whole new outlook. Concentrating more on Welsh's own vocals, 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' seems like a far more intimate listen and content in delivering a more emotional direction than one that gets you out of your seat and onto a dancefloor.

And although it doesn't immediately hit you like her previous material, it shows far more growth and purpose in its new direction. A succinct and powerful release in its own way, this new album shows that Welsh's commitment to make engaging music is far from over.

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