Florence + the Machine will release their third studio album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, on June 1st in the UK and June 2nd in the US. Their magnificent previous releases, Lungs and Ceremonials, are among my all-time favorite albums, so I reacted to the news like an excited kid running in happy circles. The new album’s spectacular title track indicates How Big How Blue How Beautiful just may cement Florence + the Machine’s place as my favorite modern band.
Written in the wake of the band’s whirlwind of success, lead singer Florence Welch calls the new album a “sort of a crash landing” with lyrics grounded more firmly in reality than its more fantastical predecessor. The album boasts a brass section arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, which sounds like a match made in heaven…or whatever exquisite otherworld such extraordinary artists inhabit.
How Big How Blue How Beautiful Tracklist:
Ship To Wreck
What Kind Of Man
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen Of Peace
Various Storms & Saints
Long & Lost