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Ceremonials

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Ceremonials

Florence Welch and her band follow up their planet-straddling debut with their second album of epic chamber pop

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Universal
UK Release date
31/10/2011
US Release date
08/11/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    Quite some achievement: an accomplished pop record infused with intelligence and imagination. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A major new Artist who is worthy of that capital A. Her remarkable new album is too
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    An exhilarating 56 minutes of unadulterated, undulating emotion that always manages to pull up just before careening off the rails
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  4. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Guaranteed to be among the superstar bands of this year with Ceremonials, an album that near-perfectly bridges indie philosophy and commercial viability
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  5. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Ceremonials doesn’t fuck about. With immodest glee, it parades its bold assurance, its shameless bravura, its dizzying sense of self-belief
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    The most successful pop stars are the ones who innovate, not imitate. Florence Welch is definitely the former
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  7. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Presents a showcase of compelling pop music dressed up to the nines, executed with heart, soul and glorious chest-beating flamboyance
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    She's growing into her role as the wild woman of pop, and the charts would be significantly more ordinary without her
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  9. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    She really does sweep the listener away, spinning wild webs of sound and carrying us off to her own aural dreamland
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  10. 8.0 |   Spin

    Nostalgically futuristic, like aural Instagram
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It's bigger, brighter and braver than what went before, and should elevate Florence even higher, with her Machine shoulder to shoulder
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  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What could've sounded gaudy and monolithic feels, for all but a handful of tracks, spacious, lush, and finely arranged
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  13. 8.0 |   The Fly

    She’s become a bolder, braver and more unabashed version of her oddball self
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    By taking what worked with Lungs and amplifying those qualities to a natural, satisfying conclusion, Florence has made a great pop record
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  15. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Welch is the kind of artist who takes the lead and lets others come along for the ride, rather than simply playing to the whims and trends of the marketplace or banking on gimmickry
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    An ambitious LP like this, backlit by harmonies and dramatic chord changes, is the perfect vehicle to showcase her voice; a less talented vocalist would crumble under its heaviness
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  17. 8.0 |   State

    If it’s meant to come across as confident and unbowed by the pressure of following such a successful debut, then Ceremonials is a success
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  18. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Ceremonials suggests she could be a rock star, and a big one
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  19. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Ceremonials is bigger, bolder and better than before - Florence is back, and with a most magnificent bang
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  20. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Ceremonials abandons so many of the musical avenues she mapped out on Lungs and focuses instead on a monolithic sound that is certainly affecting but is becoming increasingly conventional in 2011
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  21. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    She sounds passionate, professional, spiritual, scientific, inspired, and excited
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  22. 7.0 |   DIY

    Her formula for success remains largely untouched: the twinkling strings, pounding percussion and huge choirs all make an appearance
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  23. 7.0 |   The Scotsman

    Ceremonials is best appreciated by adopting the same approach as Florence: dive straight in, submit unquestioningly and let it pull you along in its surge
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  24. 6.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    If she ever wants to be held on the same plane of artistic brilliance as her idols, like Kate Bush, then next time she’s going to have to try something a little more risky
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  25. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    By the midway point of the LP, its endless crescendos start bleeding into each other, and the loudness soon tires itself out
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  26. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    The best that could be said about Ceremonials is that it's a pleasant enough listen that will change absolutely nobody's mind about Florence and her machine
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  27. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    As a second album, it is perfectly acceptable and there are many aspects of it to admire. But the static present on much of Ceremonials cannot quantify the record as anything but a regression in broader terms
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  28. 6.0 |   The Observer

    If only there were more substance here and less bluster
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  29. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Granted planning permission for an interesting art-pop extension, Welch has turned her second album into a massive pomp-rock ziggurat. Print edition only

  30. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Ceremonials always sounds wonderful...but it never really satsifies
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  31. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Storm-cloud arrangements, big, rolling drum riffs and ghost-story songs
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  32. 6.0 |   BBC

    Offers the pomp, but somehow not quite the power, of Welch’s debut
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  33. 5.0 |   AU Review

    As the hour-long album gathers pace, a dull pain begins to take hold
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  34. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Nothing on Ceremonials is particularly exciting or interesting
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  35. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Florence seems to have abandoned the struggle to restrain her inner Celine Dion
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  36. 3.5 |   Bowlegs

    You may be dazzled by the bright lights for a fleeting moment – but they go out pretty quickly
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