Ceremonials (studio album) by Florence + The Machine

Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-10-28
Overall rank: 845th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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75/100 (from 424 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2011 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (123rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (845th)
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Florence + The Machine bestography

Ceremonials is ranked 2nd best out of 7 albums by Florence + The Machine on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Florence + The Machine is Lungs which is ranked number 681 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,733.

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75/100 (from 424 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 16% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.9/100, a mean average of 73.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.

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From 04/23/2022 08:19
Only getting to this album in 2022 - although recognised the singles. This is an exceptional album. The songs are big, excellent production and delivery. Great vocals. Nothing not to like here.
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From 07/15/2019 23:14
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 07/09/2019 22:06
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 03/03/2018 20:01
Kinda sounds like a lot of extras from "Lungs", but still weaved together very well. Emotional for sure. 7/10
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From 08/08/2016 14:05
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 02/11/2016 21:19
Very powerful vocals and an impressive set of songs, extremely good
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From 06/21/2015 04:00
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 05/30/2015 22:35
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 02/18/2014 23:57
I think it's simply touching. Never get tired of this album
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From 10/23/2013 19:40
Lush and bombastic.
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