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Ginger Goddess Gallantly Gracing - Ceremonial Reviews



Metascore
78
Generally favorable reviews based on 26 Critics
Critic score distribution:
  1. Mixed:
  2. Negative:
    0
    out of 26
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 28, 2011
    100
    She crafts Ceremonials, a confident, unflinching tour de force.
  2. The A.V. Club
    Nov 1, 2011
    91
    Ceremonials is Welch barreling off a
    cliff on wings made of dear-diary sentiment, art-school theatrics, and
    pure-cut sincerity, and somehow, against all odds, she manages to soar.
  3. Sputnikmusic
    Nov 4, 2011
    90
    Ceremonials is truly one of the few
    recent pop LPs that works both as a collection of individual songs and
    as a true album, with the right balance and flow to keep the record
    captivating from start to finish.
  4. All Music Guide
    Oct 31, 2011
    90
    [A] rare sophomore outing that not
    only manages to avoid the slump, but bests its predecessor in the
    process.
  5. Clash Music
    Oct 27, 2011
    90
    The only real criticism of
    Ceremonials is that this album is completely, relentlessly, Florence.
    Her fans will lap it up, while those who aren't keen on her will
    probably remain unconvinced.
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Nov 1, 2011
    88
    She's found a way to honor her
    Bjorkian appetites for lavish orchestral spectacle while finding the
    depth and subtlety of her voice.
  7. Rolling Stone
    Nov 1, 2011
    80
    Florence and the Machine's second
    album is as dark, robust and romantic as ever, but a revving 18-wheeler
    is no longer the apt metaphor for Welch's voice.
  8. PopMatters
    Nov 1, 2011
    80
    As polished and artistically
    challenging as that first effort was, this latest outing gets the most
    out of Welch's strengths as a songwriter by shooting for a higher degree
    of difficulty and achieving a greater level of proficiency.
  9. Slant Magazine
    Oct 31, 2011
    80
    The first four tracks of Ceremonials
    are essentially flawless....Ceremonials can't help but get weaker as it
    continues, a fact which owes less to the quality of the songwriting
    than to the album's length (it's over an hour long) and a far less
    dynamic second act.
  10. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    She really does sweep the listener
    away, spinning wild webs of sound and carrying us off to her own aural
    dreamland.
  11. Spin
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    Welch may never do anything as
    dangerous and uncouth as "Kiss" ever again. But even the threat of
    menace works wonders on terrific follow-up Ceremonials.
  12. Paste Magazine
    Nov 2, 2011
    73
    Ceremonials abandons so many of the
    musical avenues she mapped out on Lungs and focuses instead on a
    monolithic sound that is certainly affecting but is becoming
    increasingly conventional in 2011.
  13. Pitchfork
    Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Instead of Lungs' largely charming
    yet discombobulating diversity, Ceremonials suffers from a
    repetitiveness that's akin to looking at a skyline filled with 100-story
    behemoths lined-up one after the other, blocking out everything but
    their own size.
  14. The Independent (UK)
    Oct 28, 2011
    60
    But in cementing one style, some of the possibilities offered by Lungs have been choked off.
  15. BBC Music
    Oct 27, 2011
    60
    This is all grandeur without any grace.
  16. The Guardian
    Oct 27, 2011
    60
    Ceremonials always sounds
    wonderful--producer Paul Epworth has created a warm, soft, four-poster
    featherbed of sound for Welch to emote over--but it never really
    satisfies.
  17. The Observer (UK)
    Oct 31, 2011
    40
    Ceremonials never comes down off the high precipice.
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Favourite song? No Light, No Light for me. Epic is an underwhelming way to describe it.
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