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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [2 LP]
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Album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [2 LP]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Ship to Wreck More Info... 0:04
2)    What Kind of Man More Info... 0:03
3)    How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful More Info... 0:05
4)    Queen of Peace More Info... 0:05
5)    Various Storms & Saints More Info... 0:04
6)    Delilah More Info... 0:05
7)    Long & Lost More Info... 0:03
8)    Caught More Info... 0:04
9)    Third Eye More Info... 0:04
10)    St. Jude More Info... 0:03
11)    Mother More Info... 0:05
 
Album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [2 LP]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Ship to Wreck More Info... 0:04
2)    What Kind of Man More Info... 0:03
3)    How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful More Info... 0:05
4)    Queen of Peace More Info... 0:05
5)    Various Storms & Saints More Info... 0:04
6)    Delilah More Info... 0:05
7)    Long & Lost More Info... 0:03
8)    Caught More Info... 0:04
9)    Third Eye More Info... 0:04
10)    St. Jude More Info... 0:03
11)    Mother More Info... 0:05
 
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  • The much-anticipated third studio long-player from Florence Welch and her mechanically inclined companions, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful arrives after a period of recalibration for the spirited English songtress. Arriving three-and-a-half years after 2011's well-received Ceremonials, the 11-track set, the first Florence + the Machine album to be produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay), eschews some of the bombast and water- and death-fixated metaphors of Lungs and Ceremonials in favor of a more restrained sonic scope and an honest reckoning with the dark follies of your late twenties. This change is most notable on the workmanlike opener "Ship to Wreck," a shimmering, open road-ready folk-rock rumination on the ambiguity/inevitability of post-fame self-destruction that, unlike prior first cuts like "Dog Days Are Over" and "Only If for a Night," feels firmly rooted in the now. The bluesy (and ballsy) "What a Man," the propulsive and purposeful "Delilah," and the gorgeous title track impress the most. Instead of building to a fevered crescendo, as is the Flo-Machine way, the latter cut, a transcendent, slow-burning, chamber pop gem, dissolves into a simple and elegant, yet still goose-bump-inducing round of horns, and is breathtaking without knocking the wind out of you. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The tension makes for a sexy record that sticks to some familiar themes: a woman wrestling with lovers and emotions, often with biblical allusions, liquid-courage assists and a near-violent intensity."

Entertainment Weekly - "[H]er voice remains a galactic force capable of swallowing entire planets whole."

Billboard - "[S]he hasn't stripped all the ornamentation from her cathedral of sound and become a folky confessional songwriter. But she is resorting less to abstract, lofty imagery and speaking with a more frank immediacy."

NME (Magazine) - "Overflowing with stately songwriting and lyrical craftsmanship, HOW BIG, HOW BLUE, HOW BEAUTIFUL makes for a restrained but joyful return..."

Paste (magazine) - "Welch finds clever ways to enrich her bewitching blend of alt-pop, soul and art-rock-wringing out her usual quota of widescreen melodrama, but without the overwrought theatricality that dragged down much of her previous work."
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