Florence + The Machine

High As Hope

2018

This album was released 12 weeks ago.

77% ±12% 16 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 June
2 Hunger
3 South London Forever
4 Big God
5 Sky Full Of Song
6 Grace
7 Patricia
8 100 Years
9 The End Of Love
10 No Choir
Rating Source
77% 4WIM Rating
100% The Telegraph Under the band identity Florence + The Machine, she arrived with an imperial stage presence, powerhouse vocals and a flamboyant, percussive rock attack.
100% Renowned for Sound It was a scattered collection of songs direct from the mind of Florence Welch that represented all she could not say out loud.
90% Drowned in Sound Less is more has never been Florence + the Machine’s mantra, especially back in the days of Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011), with Florence Welch having stated that when it comes to her songwriting, 'Everything is a crescendo.'
83% Paste Magazine
80% Exclaim! Music Florence and the Machine High As Hope By Anna Alger Published Jun 28, 2018 8 Florence Welch is raw and unbridled on High As Hope, her first record since 2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
80% DIY Magazine
80% Clash Florence + The Machine are a band with a certain identity, often typecast alongside imagery of nature and the mystique; perhaps it’s something about the resounding croons of Florence herself, and her ability to fill even the most minimalist of soundscapes.‘High As Hope’ brings Florence cohesively into her newest evolution, with the record’s often sparse atmosphere led by emphatic vocals.
80% Music OMH Excitable early gigs, an appearance at SxSW which ended up with her diving straight into an ornamental pond and scrappy, knockabout and exhilarating songs like the (now rather problematic) Kiss With A Fist.
78% Earbuddy If Florence and the Machine‘s last album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, sought to create epic moments with larger than life bombast, then High As Hope seeks to do the opposite.
75% Under the Radar Magazine Across the record Welch's voice remains a wonder—at one moment a conspiratorial friend, the next a pleading cry from the depths of abandonment.
73% Consequence of Sound In the nine years since the first Florence + The Machine album was released, Welch has taken massive strides to the top alongside her massive voice and entrancing stage presence, both of which worked to elevate familiar power ballads.
70% The 405 From the rambunctious folk pop of her first album with band Florence + The Machine, Lungs, the giant orchestral arrangements of sophomore Ceremonials to the crashing alt rock of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
70% Soundblab High as Hope, the fourth Florence + the Machine studio album, boasts a complex, expansive sound that fills every moment of its runtime, even in its aesthetic devotion to tasteful minimalism.
60% Irish Times
60% New Musical Express Focussing on the simple things she admits “it doesn’t get better than this”.You’d never have thought of Welch as embracing the notion that less is more, but that seems to run through the core of ‘High As Hope’.
60% The Guardian Hunger, the standout track released ahead of High As Hope, her fourth studio album, reveals Welch’s teenage eating disorder, of how she conflated her hunger for love with the “kind of emptiness” induced by starvation.