This album has admittedly been in heavy rotation on my iPod and iPhone for, ohhhh… the past three or four months. Florence Welch has something that very few female artists can collectively bring to the table: pipes, presence, style, and amazing songwriting.
Yes, I tend to be one to rattle on about excellent British exports, but this woman more than takes the cake… she takes the whole damn bakery. Best described as indie pop with a hefty dash of dance-ability, I guarantee that every one of these tracks will be stuck in your head for weeks on end. Highlights include the upbeat Dog Days Over, Rabbit Heart, and Drumming, along with the slightly mellower and harp-heavy My Boy Builds Coffins (which, according to Flo, is a completely literal song).
In the hard-hitting ballad, Cosmic Love, Welch croons, “No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight/In the shadow of your heart” amidst a sea of strings and drums that lull you into an ethereal state, despite the somewhat sullen lyrics.