ALBUM REVIEW : HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL
ARTIST : FLORENCE +THE MACHINE
GENRE : ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2015
Do not be fooled with the first song “Ship To Wreck” and let this song judge the over-all appeal of this new record from Florence + The Machine. The song has a throwback to 80’s feel; somehow it resembles in terms of musicals structure to what The Go Gos or The Bangles did during their hey day. Fortunately, this song is just one example how varied the musical style of this band.
Florence can tread the Kate Bush path since she can deliver the same kind of passion in the song “Queen of Peace.” It is also interesting to note that this song is about how a woman tried to stay in the background for her man and just waiting to explode. In “What Kind of Man,” she proved that she can write good songs without resorting to trite and cliché words and phrases even though the song is all about unrequited love.
She can also be as eclectic like Bjork and you see this characteristics in songs like “Various Storms and Saints, ” “Delilah,” “Saint Jude,” and “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” These songs do not have linear structure and are typical rock music where there is drama and drums as dominant feature.
She can also be like Jewel and Fiona Apple; you know write songs with witty lyrics and very poetic at that. This is evident in songs like “Long and Lost” and “Caught.” In fact she has the same vocal quality delivered in these songs similar to Fiona Apple and Jewel; very soothing to the ears. However, she can also be Janis Joplin as her song “Mother” reminds you of Janis song which has these lyrics “oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes benz. “
In songs like “Third Eye,” “What Kind of Man,” and “Hiding,” you can feel the vibe of any Grace Slick songs. Yes, she you can imagine her singing these songs in barefoot. This is why you can say that “Make Up Your Mind” is a salute to this woman of rock during the seventies when her group was still known as Jefferson Airplane.
It is quite very rare to listen to a rock record where all songs are equally good and no fillers in the album. This record is destined to be a classic and it deserves 5 star rating out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it