50 Best Albums of 2011

Florence and the Machine, 'Ceremonials'

27. Florence and the Machine, 'Ceremonials'

Flo's second LP rivals Adele's 21 for British white girl soulmama massiveness. From "Shake It Out" to the arena-scale Motown of "Lover to Lover," Big Red brings it again and again, choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below.

Jody Rosen's Original Review: Florence and the Machine's 'Ceremonials'
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