There’s a certain thing that runs through the core of the best Florence + the Machine offerings, a kind of romanticised but raw articulation of the fundamental desires and flaws that bond us all together as lumps of flesh and blood. Say what you like about our Flo, but she’s got a way of peering into the human heart like few others.
On ‘Hunger’ – the latest offering from forthcoming fourth LP ‘High As Hope’ – the lens is turned to ideas of longing, of trying to fill that nameless void with love or drugs or success: “At least I understood then the hunger I felt/ And I didn’t have to call it loneliness”.
Musically, well… it’s a F+TM song. Big, swooping vocals; powerhouse chorus; elegantly banging. You know the drill. But the beauty’s in the sentiment: like an often painful look in the mirror, Florence is just untangling this whole human mess, one song at a time.
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