Florence and the Machine Albums Ranked

Florence and the Machine (stylized as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, guitarist Rob Ackroyd, harpist Tom Monger, and a collaboration of other musicians. The band’s music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, which played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing. At the 2009 Brit Awards, they received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award. The band’s music is renowned for its dramatic and eccentric production, as well as Welch’s powerful vocal performances. Florence and the Machine’s sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010. Florence and the Machine have been nominated for six Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Here are all of Florence and the Machine albums ranked.

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4. High as Hope (2018)

“”High as Hope” tells the story of an artist growing older and discovering new directions with her music. While there are few moments of pure exaltation (always my favorite aspect of her music and hence why “Ceremonials” remains my favorite album of hers), the album finds her contemplating her past and confronting her demons.”

3. Lungs (2009)

“A very different type of music, and vocal ability too. My brother just cannot appreciate this cd at all, but you really gotta listen to it carefully, over the course of a week, Cosmic Love is outstanding, but this cd does not have some great songs of hers (breaking down, breath of life, and “heavy… ” . Outstanding quality of her musicians, and mixers behind the music on the boards.”

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3. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)

“There’s no doubt she’s a talented, gifted woman in the music business and her intentions through every song here go from being honest, loud, sweet and even pretentious.. just listen to the orchestral arrangement at the end of the track “how big, how blue, how beautiful” and you’ll know what I’m talking about… she knows that specific arrangement was “too much” and at the same time a “perfect punch line” to set up her intentions with this album.”

1. Ceremonials (2011)

“This record has a HUGE sound. It’s like Phil Spector in Africa meets Kate Bush’s The Dreaming. Very similar to her approach on Lungs, of course, but Ceremonials is tighter and the arrangements are more haunting. You are sucked in right from the first track, “Only If for a Night”, and Florence never lets up, enveloping you with her alternately sweet, sad, scary, and inspiring music for the entire album. My favorite tracks were “Breaking Down” (instantly my all-time favorite Florence song), “Shake It Out” (which I believe has the potential to be a #1 U.S. hit), “Lover to Lover”, “Spectrum”, and “Leave My Body”.”