This month, the power house vocals of Florence Welch capture Storm’s Album of the Month. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine was released on 31 October 2011. It reached the #1 album spot in the UK on its first week of release and the #6 album spot in the United States. Singles ‘What The Water Gave Me’ and ‘Shake It Out’ have already been released. And with single ‘No Light, No Light’ on the way, it looks like another action packed year for Florence + The Machine.
So yeah, currently can’t get enough of this band. Pete’s not so keen, but I can predict big things on the horizon for these guys. I played one of their older tracks ‘Take Another Ride’ on air during Off the Cuff on Sunday and it received generally good reception from listeners. I’m not quite sure how to describe them in a genre, but they definitely have a deep-south [USA] twang to their sound (despite them hailing from Glasgow!). As for drawing comparisons, the only band I can think of who resemble this sound would be the good old Crash Test Dummies. NME drew this same comparison, but as you can imagine with them being NME, drew said comparisons for all the wrong reasons. You can check out their pitiful excuse for a review HERE. Be sure to read the comments section for further amusement :-P … I urge you to heed my word (and plenty of other reviewers for that matter) over NME’s. Not that I can claim to have written a review here, but please do check them out on YouTube. A video of their latest single ‘I Don’t Know’ I’ve posted up top and for those of you who like to try before you buy, their début album ‘Hope St.’ is currently available to stream for free on Spotify as well as a paid version downloadable via iTunes… Safe to say, they’re quite possibly my Band of the Month (BOTM) – perhaps that should become a feature? :D
Storm AGM tomorrow and I’ve got the rest of my speech to finalise. I learnt some interesting information today surrounding the elections and safe to say me nor Pete are as confident in our standing as we’d like to be. Nevertheless, we plan to become ever more involved with Storm FM next year, so don’t expect to be hearing the same voices on all of the outside broadcasts! ;) Much to look forward to!
Until the next time,
I thought I was going to have real struggle on my hands with this one. The usual trend follows a surge of ‘Greatest Hits’ around Christmas. Alot of commercial fluff to fill out stockings and make some money. That was until Eddy (of ‘off the cuff’) pointed out one huge release which I had neglected: ‘Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark twisted Fantasy’. Apply this to your ears twice a day to clear out any left over Christmas Carols!
Here is the lead song from the album
This Months Album of the Month is Taylor Swift’s Speak Now. Third studio album by Taylor Swift. It is written entirely by Taylor Swift. Speak Now received positive reviews from most music critics. Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt praised her songcraft and called its tracks “perfectly contained snow globes of romance and catharsis, whole cinematic narratives rendered in four-to six-minute miniatures”