Florence + the Machine, 'Ceremonials'
For her sophomore release, chamber soul Londoner Florence Welch makes a concerted effort at a more cohesive sound. Her 2009 debut, "Lungs," enjoyed massive chart success (along with that holy arbiter of achievement, a song performed on Fox's "Glee"), but Welch felt that the manner in which it was recorded—in an old swimming pool, in a synagogue, with a revolving door of producers—made for a somewhat scattered record. Conversely, "Ceremonials" was made with one producer, Paul Epworth (Adele), and is the British singer's attempt at a fuller, more complete body of work. Unofficial single "What the Water Gave Me" has already charted at No. 24 in U.K., boding well for the 25-year-old. –LM
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