Review: High As Hope
Florence + The Machine came back to the surface after three years since their last full length album just a few weeks ago, and it is simply the only thing I have been filling silence ever since.
Florence Welch, frontwoman of the group, has been known to tell tales that call for strength and endurance, and the contents of this album stay true to the trend. It shows her growth as a person, seeing more of the truth of life and beyond the projections of euphoria that many other artists feature in their work. Her sound is classic, featuring raw and acoustic instruments.
“Hunger” is the first single from the album, metaphorically felling the struggle of feeling empty and looking for something more by taking less indulgence. From the first perspective, it hits the home for anyone who has tried to make themselves feel more fulfilled by taking less from life. When it comes to removing toxic dynamics, the efforts are positive. In the term that Florence writes of, however, it tears a soul apart. It’s the piece that we know tastes so good, but turns sour in an instant reflection.
One of my personal favorites off of the album is “South London Forever,” where Florence sings of wondering if what she wished and hoped for when she was younger was just too large to be true, after everything she has seen become a reality. It is lustful, yet brings a perspective that many artists fail to do without turning a song into a complete pessimism. She writes, “And I don't know anything except that green is so green and there's a special kind of sadness that seems to come with spring.”
Being someone who is new to being a fan of F+TM beyond her main hits, it is incredibly refreshing to me to learn how genuine and raw both her sound and story are presented. She is a special kind of songwriter in the fact that not just a story is told, but it is felt and connected with.