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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British indie rock band features contributions from such artists as Thomas Bartlett, Jamie xx, Sampha, and Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu, and Kamasi Washington.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jul 2, 2018
    100
    The easiest and most likely path to continued success for Welch and company would have been to attempt to re-create the spellbinding magic of Ceremonials or the anthemic qualities of Lungs. High as Hope is neither, and that makes it hands down the most forward-thinking album of Florence and the Machine’s care
  2. Jul 2, 2018
    83
    A new level of vulnerability from Florence Welch and deft, atmospheric production from Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey) makes High As Hope another album of cathedral-filling, mountain-moving sound, with Welch’s vocals the main source of power.
  3. Jun 28, 2018
    80
    High As Hope is a welcome chapter in Florence + the Machine's career. Welch is writing reflectively but with a firm rooting in the present; singing with clarity about life's biggest questions as she and her fans continue to figure it out side-by-side, in both the loud and quiet moments.
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    Stripped back and unapologetic, Florence Welch’s fourth record as Florence + the Machine carries a sense of nakedness never seen before--it’s self-aware, remorseless, and raw.
  5. Jul 5, 2018
    70
    It is a (relatively speaking) stripped back effort that brings Florence grounded firmly to the earth and perhaps is her greatest achievement to date.
  6. 67
    High as Hope is a marvel when Welch pushes past the boundaries both within herself and in the familiar structure of songs, but falters when stagnating inside those constraints.
  7. Jul 5, 2018
    57
    Welch sounds content and resigned, recollecting the stormy Saturdays of the past with a Sunday-morning penitent’s shrug and a born-again sigh. How small, how beige, how disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Jul 4, 2018
    10
    Florence como sempre perfeita, sua voz doce, com um final grave surpreendi a cada canção, um álbum maravilho de uma pessoal com a vozFlorence como sempre perfeita, sua voz doce, com um final grave surpreendi a cada canção, um álbum maravilho de uma pessoal com a voz incrível, parabéns. Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2018
    10
    Florence Welch and the Machine have created another masterpiece of Music! Her voice is beyond words the songs are like a spiritual experience.Florence Welch and the Machine have created another masterpiece of Music! Her voice is beyond words the songs are like a spiritual experience. My only complaint is that I want more, 3 years since 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' and we've only gotten 10 songs. Still, I'm incredibly happy with 'High as Hope' and it is a great example of 'quality not quantity'. Expand
  3. tcl
    Jun 29, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a comeback. What a masterpiece! The production, the songwriting, the arrangement, everything about this album is beautiful. Great job, Florence. She created another magnificent piece of art again! Expand
  4. Jul 8, 2018
    10
    It is a highly emotional album, I am really moved by it and it brought me to tears. I am giving this rating purely based my adore on FlorenceIt is a highly emotional album, I am really moved by it and it brought me to tears. I am giving this rating purely based my adore on Florence and the machine. Objectively, I would actually give it an 8 due to the transition between songs can seemly disconnect. I prefer music video vision of Hunger with 15 seconds intro. Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    it's amazing how Florence has this ability to be so real, so crude and so simple. High As Hope is a masterpiece full of unique feelings, realit's amazing how Florence has this ability to be so real, so crude and so simple. High As Hope is a masterpiece full of unique feelings, real stories, wonderful arrangements and melodies. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    Florence, her voice, her writing, her performances are unique. This album is pure gold. Best of the year so far
  7. Jun 29, 2018
    6
    I'm so, so disappointed. And I'd never thought that Florence would have disappointed me. I think that this album is just... mediocre. II'm so, so disappointed. And I'd never thought that Florence would have disappointed me. I think that this album is just... mediocre. I really, really like Hunger (a masterpiece!), Patricia, The end of love and South London Forever, but the rest just sounds like a long demo, like they had to release an album so they put everything they got even if it wasn't complete. What a pity. Hope they will come back soon after this album, I really really liked the previous 3 albums. Expand

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