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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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Hunger
[Intro] Ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh [Verse 1] At seventeen, I started to starve myself I thought that love was a kind of emptiness And at least I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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 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.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    75
    While there may be no obvious "stadium" moments here to compare with "Ship to Wreck" from 2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful or the massive "Shake It Out" from 2011's Ceremonials, aside, perhaps from recent single "Big God," this is a deep well of an album that demands repeated listens--the subtleties and intricacies revealing themselves satisfyingly and sometimes inspiringly as time goes on.
  5. Jul 11, 2018
    70
    By stripping everything back, it often ends up just being a distillation of their sound. The songs are familiar but frustratingly lack any colour or character.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    It gets a bit samey over the course of the record, but it’s effective, and the space around Welch’s mighty voice gives every nuance room to be heard.
  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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  1. Positive: 57 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Jul 5, 2018
    10
    Best album from Florence. Lyrically and instrumentaly this is the most achieved work so far. June hunger patricia 100 years and The end ofBest album from Florence. Lyrically and instrumentaly this is the most achieved work so far. June hunger patricia 100 years and The end of love are big highlights from this album. Expand
  2. Hec
    Jun 30, 2018
    10
    It's an album with a too monotonous beginning, but everything changes when the angelic voice of Florence takes "Big God"
    There is the exact
    It's an album with a too monotonous beginning, but everything changes when the angelic voice of Florence takes "Big God"
    There is the exact moment where "High As Hope" becomes not only a masterpiece but it rediscovers you with your spiritual self.
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  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. Aug 22, 2018
    10
    Flo is my fave for many years, so i am probably biased.
    Definitely getting better with every album.
    It is extremely personal, intimate and
    Flo is my fave for many years, so i am probably biased.
    Definitely getting better with every album.
    It is extremely personal, intimate and emotional. Not just music, but set of poems and confessions, lyrics heavy, and needs to be listened more times, to connect things.
    Grace is emotionally devastating OTT for me, well im not sure if its any good, to listen something and cry like baby all the way - tho - well done Flo srsly. Big God probably my favorite, kind of reminds me Fever Ray's older stuff.
    Wonderful piece of art, loving it.
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  5. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    the last two track "the end of love" & "no choir" could tear you up. The whole album is her most finest and sincere record. It's her soberthe last two track "the end of love" & "no choir" could tear you up. The whole album is her most finest and sincere record. It's her sober era! Peace out 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. Dec 2, 2018
    6
    Not my favorite album by her, but it has some great moments. Big God is the greatest moment of the album.

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