After hearing a friend rave about Florence and The Machine after seeing them at Bestival 2008, I decided I would attend Florence and The Machines gig at this years teenage cancer trust gig.. I went and I was absolutely blown away. Florence Welch has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and she's as good a performer live as she is on record. Honest to God, I gush about her to all my friends.
The album itself is beautiful. The notes of the harp often combining with the rather sombre lyrics of the peices. The best example of this is probably in Rabbit Heart. The way the upbeat piano and hard contrasts with the lyrics "This is a gift/it comes with a price/who is the lamb and who is the knife."
I think that if you fancy a new and different option to this years retro female singers with the synth beats and electronic music such as La Roux and Little Boots. Then don't look further than Florence.
I've now seen Florence and The Machine 8 times. I've spent the last year following her and she never grows old.
The two disc edition is wonderful aswell. I thoroughly enjyoed hearing all her demos, the Bird Song though is incredible.
This is a reccomended buy for anybody who appreciates a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice and an incredible talent.
The lyrics of her songs are fabulous, often from her own past.