High as Hope

High as Hope

Music CD - 2018
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Publisher: New York, NY : Republic Records, [2018]
Edition: Explicit version
Branch Call Number: ROCK FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Characteristics: 1 audio disc : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Liked this so much more than “Ceremonials”! These are the only two I’ve listened two thus far and could not be any more different. Wider variety of song and performance styles here than that earlier album. Really lets you see what she is capable of.

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Dec 01, 2020

Florence and the Machine’s fourth studio album, “High as Hope” is an incredible one to listen to. I’ve been a fan of the band’s music for a very long time now and they have not disappointed yet again. This album really reflects on Florence’s past living in London dealing with alcoholism, drugs, love, and family. I really fell in love with the songs “South London Forever” and “The End of Love” but the entire album is really beautifully done. It’s the type of album that makes you listen to every song without skipping over any of them. Each song has such a deep meaning about Florence’s life and it almost makes you feel like you lived through these moments with her. Along with these meaningful songs of course, is Florence’s fantastic voice and range which is so broad in everything she performs. I definitely love the band’s older work, but this album spoke to me in a different way than those did, and I absolutely loved it. Everyone should give this one a listen. Rate: 5/5 @Joda of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Merenwen
Jan 31, 2019

I wasn't sure if I would listen to this album after not liking their previous one that much, but I'm glad I did. It's not quite as "knock you off your feet" as Lungs and Ceremonials were, but it's still a good album in its own right. I'm finding "Big God" to be an addictive track.

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raabnhood
Aug 24, 2018

Loved the Florence but not enough Machine.

jassiet Jul 23, 2018

A good Florence album. Her voice, as always, is definitely the main selling point. I don't think there is a runaway hit on this album (like past "Ship to Wreck" or "Dog Days"). She worked with Jamie xx on "Big God", a big ballad which makes good use of her powerful voice. Patricia - about Patti Smith - is my favorite song on the album. Overall, I doubt this album will see much radio time, but there are a few songs/moments on the album that definitely make it worth a listen.

JCLJessecaB Jul 13, 2018

Tl;dr: It's great! Favorite tracks: June, Patricia, End of Love, No Choir

Possibly her most straight-forward or vulnerable record to date, which is interesting since the album feels slightly unsure of itself like the first green shoots of Spring, and some of the lyrics on the album indicate getting used to being still instead of chaotic. "And it's hard to write about being happy/'cause the older I get/I find that happiness is an extremely/uneventful subject" (from "No Chorus"). I appreciate the several lines throughout the album that refer to a certain kind of anxiety. "I feel nervous in a way that can't be named" (from "The End of Love"). Just from listening to the album, I can understand how the title "High as Hope" fits the feel of the album perfectly.

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