Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Album Review: Florence + The Machine and Coldplay

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials (4/5). British alternative band Florence + Machine certainly struck an emotional chord with their debut album Lungs, delivering a haunting mix of dark ballads, loud vocals and murky productions as well as landing the massive hit "You Got the Love." This follow up trails the same sound with a slightly more accessible sensibilities, beginning with the rippling drumming of opening track "Only If for a Night" lined with deep piano chords and strings, swiftly sueging into the more tribal rock of "Shake It Out" and "What the Water Gave Me." "Breaking Down" is interesting, as Florence tries their hand with some moody, throwback vintage pop--harbouring a real lush melodic core, complimented with her beautiful toned down vocal. "Lover to Lover" has a great subtle '70s rock vibe to it--crashing drum beats, poignant piano keys adhering to some soulful tones. "All This and Heaven Too" has a great melody--probably the closest to a conventional ballad on here. This a great album, I wouldn't call it a better album than its predecessor but a great follow up nontheless. Best: What the Water Gave Me, Shake It Out, Breaking Dawn, Lover to Lover, All This and Heaven Too, Only If for a Night

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (3/5). I'm not the Coldplay fan I once was. Their first two albums Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head were fantastic pieces of alternative rock with a sensitive touch. Their third and fourth albums X&Y and Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends was great even though I didn't love them. Now we have Mylo Xyloto which is, in prospective, the least impressive in their collection. It doesn't particularly break any new ground--which they have doing consecutively with their last four albums. It just seems to trail the same dreary pop/rock production all the way through. However, it's not without it's highlights, "Paradise" is fantastic, lined with piano chords, drums, strings and bleepy undertones that work the song nicely. "Princess of China" with Rihanna is an obvious highlight--venturing into more subtle urban shadowed territories. The acoustic guitar and vocal measuring "Us Against the World" is pretty nice too. Best: Paradise, Princess of Chine, Us Against the World

No comments: