How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful [Deluxe Edition]
- Audio CD (June 2, 2015)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Republic
Editorial Reviews The result is How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, a collection of songs, writtenand recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Bjork, ArcadeFire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and JohnHill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich,unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voiceand, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better. Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums, Florence tells us, and he s doneBjork s Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had thatbalance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds.And, you know, he s good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he s goodwith trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record, she adds ofa group of musicians who were arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. And with Markus, Florence continues, clarifying, I wanted to make somethingthat was big but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that wasrooted. I think that s why we went back more to the live instruments.Something that was band-led almost. A prime example is the future Florence classic Ship To Wreck: it opens thealbum, and showcases Florence and Dravs enthusiasm for reframing herdistinctive voice. Ship To Wreck was written with Kid Harpoon, the London-basedsongwriter/producer with whom she d written Ceremonials Grammy-nominated ShakeIt Out , during a month-long creative furlough in Los Angeles that alsoyielded first single What Kind Of Man : a full-force ear-pinning anthem ofuplifting defiance. Kid Harpoon is one of a clutch of old collaborator friends who reunited tohelp marshal these most personal of songs. Ceremonials producer Paul Epworthhelped create the album closing psychedelic blues explosion Mother, while theinner-circle of her nearest and dearest was rounded out by her bandmate andlong-time studio right-hand-woman Isa Summers, with whom she wrote the epictitle track. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was the first song I wrote for this record,literally as I just came off tour, she explains, and then I went off and hadthis incredibly chaotic year, and that all went into the record. But in theend, the feeling of How Big How Blue is what I came back to. The trumpets at the end of that song that s what love feels like to me. Anendless brass section that goes off into space. And it takes you with it. Youre so up there. And that s what music feels like to me. You want it just topour out endlessly, and it s the most amazing feeling. It s alchemy. It s magic. It s the return of Florence + the Machine.
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