Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials – 31 October – Island Records
Festival audiences across the world have been wowed for some time now by the enigmatic singer from London, through her fusion of rock, baroque pop, soul and experimental sound. Having been in the charts for 28 consecutive weeks in 2009-10 with her debut album Lungs, Florence finally releases her second album Ceremonials next week. Upon first inspection it becomes clear that fans looking for a profound change in direction may be disappointed – but that’s not to say the quality of depth and sound doesn’t stand up to be counted.
On many of the tracks including ‘Shake It Out’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ the familiar quiet to loud sound plays itself out in its own Florence way but there’s also signs of a slower pace on ‘Only If For a Night’ – with moody synths and dreamy like vocals. The rest of the album boasts some impressive bluesy break downs and '60s stomps and strikes me as an album that might just grow on you.
Professor Green – At Your Inconvenience – 31 October – Virgin Records
Having already released 500,000 copies and acquiring 1.4million friends on Facebook, Professor Green’s rise to fame has been quick through his autobiographical rap lyrics and diverse musical textures and melodies. His recent performance on X Factor may just have served to push him to real stardom. Lead single ‘Read All About It’ – already released – is an illustration of the Professors honesty in his lyrics about his childhood and personal development in his new album.
Yellow Card – When you’re Through Thinking, Say Yes – 31 October – Hopeless Records
The rising success of Yellow Card has seen them gain immense popularity around the world since their debut album in 1997. This is their seventh album, believe it or not, and fans have been spoilt with the already released album being made available in acoustic form next week. The alternative rock band had this to say about the project, “It has been a hard secret to keep these last few months but we are confident that our fans will keep this album close to their hearts. It is both a huge accomplishment for us as a band and a massive thank you to all of the people who continue to stand behind this band.”
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