Welch’s particular talent lies in assimilating all of those amazing musical forces as conceptual elements and crafting her own unique identity from the raw ingredients.
Ceremonials is exactly as Welch intended it in the ideation phase; lyrically and musically darker, rhythmically tribal and orchestrally more grand, a Pop hymnal for now parishioners. While it is clearly a bumpier, more problematic ride than Lungs, Ceremonials is also more artfully intricate, inherently soulful, appropriately bombastic and singularly focused, qualities that most sophomore albums do not embody. Florence Welch and her well-oiled Machine are two for two and headed for a glorious string of beloved albums. Grade: A