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Ceremonials (album) by Florence + The Machine

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Ceremonials
Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine (2011)
Release date: 2011-10-28
Overall rank: 772nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 373 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 2011 (12th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2010s (80th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (772nd)

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Florence + The Machine bestography

Ceremonials is ranked 2nd best out of 5 albums by Florence + The Machine on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Florence + The Machine is Lungs which is ranked number 528 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,089.

Florence + The Machine album bestography « Higher ranked (528th) This album (772nd) Lower ranked (2,132nd) »
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90/100
Such an amazing voice with powerful use of instruments, backing vocals and lyrics. This album shines to me as their best but Lungs and How Big... are also great. 'The darkest hour is always just before the dawn' Brilliant!!
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From xhitmanx
Really good album.

Favorites: Only If For a Night, Shake it Out, Never Let Me Go, Breaking Down, Lover to Lover, All This and Heaven Too.
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From amassini
Kinda sounds like a lot of extras from "Lungs", but still weaved together very well. Emotional for sure. 7/10
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Lungs already made it look like the Tower of Babel was child's play, Ceremonials doubles down- and is even bigger, louder, more bombastic and exponentially expands Lung's already massive life & death & everythingafter themes. It's an album that reaches for... everything... and never actually stops to let us realize why it's all worthwhile. Ceremonials has a gigantic rallying cry and it certainly sounds like something Really 'Effin Important, but what where we supposed to get out of this? Clearly it's emotions are big, but they feel reflective rather than lived-in. Metaphors about water, celebrations and out-of-body spirits run rampant, but they can alternately feel too redundant and too oblique for their own good. I don't like to chide an album for being too ambitious, but Ceremonials as a whole is just way too breathless and arduous of an experience to really let it's songs stick and resonant on a deeper level...

... that being said, a lot of it's individual moments still shine. The first third of the album is often marvelous, doing an accessible expansion of her gospel/orchestra-tinged style of indie mega-pop. If it spread that energy over the course of the album and actually connected it with some substantive, more relaxed songs inbetween it could have had quite the impact. Ultimately it only tries to top that level of volume and bombast with nearly every. single. song.

Guess all I can say is Ceremonials is friggin' exhausting, but even if it was a bit of a chore to get through I still enjoyed it, even if it's not something I ever want to return to in it's entirity. Best to savor the already massive individual triumphs.
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From Boxyno1
Very powerful vocals and an impressive set of songs, extremely good
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From zags7000
Great follow up that does everything on her debut better. Her best album so far and certainly a classic. One of the best of the decade.
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From Hellaboi
I LOVE this album!! One of my fav ever!!
She has an amazing voice and I think she is a great songwriter.

The album takes you in a journey. Is very unique and powerful.
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From strada95
I think it's simply touching. Never get tired of this album
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Lush and bombastic.
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