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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: 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Jul 3, 2018
    10
    Excellent from the first song to the last. I loved every aspect from this album, the lyrics and instrumentals are on point.
  2. Jun 30, 2018
    10
    This album is about a connection , the human and the angel , hear the music to me was like be in status of grace but also feel my body on earth .
  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
    Tudo que eu imaginava do novo testamento: poético, melancólico, realista e de extrema qualidade.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    Not as grandiose as HBHBHB, but delivers some of the most beautiful songs. Featured for No Choir, Patricia and The End Of Love. Masterpiece!
  7. Jul 22, 2018
    5
    It fails to be beautiful. It just seems like an unfinished work, with very poor content.

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