YMMV / Florence + the Machine

  • Awesome Music:
    • "You've Got The Love" (even if it's Covered Up), "No Light, No Light", "What The Water Gave Me", "Drumming Song", "Shake it Out", "Cosmic Love", and of course, "Dog Days Are Over". And that's not half of it.
    • The covers of "Jackson" and "Try a Little Tenderness" on her MTV Live Unplugged album.
    • DRUMMING. SONG. UNPLUGGED. Especially the oh oh ohs at the end.
    • "Breath of Life" is pure awesome, with Florence backed by a powerful orchestra and choir. Even if it is a song for ANOTHER Kristen Stewart movie.
    • "Heartlines". Heart. Lines.
    • "Over The Love" is Florence's contribution to The Great Gatsby film, a song from Daisy's perspective, and holy shit does it deliver.
    • "Bedroom Hymns"
    • "Heavy In Your Arms"
    • "Strangeness And Charm"
    • "Stand By Me"
  • Big Rock Ending: The endings of "Mother" and the titular song from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful could be considered this, or Ending Fatigue.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "Only If For a Night" is based on a dream Florence had in which she was visited by the ghost of her grandmother. Keep that in mind, and listen closely to the lyrics; one gets a good idea of just how close they were. It makes for unlikely Sweet Dreams Fuel.
  • Covered Up: Other than "You've Got The Love" there is also "Girl With One Eye" originally by Ludes.
  • Ear Worm: If nothing else "Dog Days Are Over" because of it's constant use in media when everything is going good.
    • "Seven Devils", "Heartlines", "Spectrum", "Leave My Body", "No Light, No Light", "What The Water Gave me", "Lover To Lover", "My Boy Builds Coffins".
  • Epic Riff: "Seven Devils" piano riff is irresistible.
    • Ukelele in "Dog Days". Instantly recognizable.
    • Same for the brass riff in "Queen of Peace".
    • The simple but effective guitar riff in "What Kind Of Man"
  • I Thought It Meant: It may take you a while to realise "Kiss With a Fist" is not literal. The British press covered this in some detail at the time. It's about a passionate relationship, not a violent relationship. (Check out the other wiki's page on the song)
    • And then after you realize it's not about domestic abuse the song just becomes downright hilarious.
  • Les Yay: Florence and Isa, also known among parts of the fandom as Florabella.
  • Mood Dissonance: For example, take this portion from "Spectrum".
    We are shining
    And we will never be afraid again
    And when we come back we'll be dressed in black
    And you'll scream my name aloud
    And we won't eat and we won't sleep
    We'll drag bodies from our graves
    • Yes, that's right, the song may or may not be about vampires. Or maybe zombies. Or just plain monsters.
  • Narm: The song "Between Two Lungs" contains the spectacularly narmy line
    And my running feet could fly
    Each breath screaming: "We are all too young to die!"
  • One of Us: Inspiration for the new album came from science, chemistry and Florence's family mostly consisting of doctors.
    • One of the songs she's already sung (at live events) shows this pretty well. It's called "Strangeness and Charm", as in the 'flavours' of quarks.
  • Rewatch Bonus: "Spectrum" music video has some lighting and other shots and a story which are slipped in and not essentially obvious first time round.
    • Most of their videos need a rewatch.
  • Signature Song: "Dog Days are Over" and "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"
  • Tear Jerker: "Hardest of Hearts", especially if you witness or felt this feeling.
    • "Breaking Down (Acoustic)", "Never Let Me Go", "I'm Not Calling You A Liar", "Queen of Peace", "Blinding", "Falling", "Swimming", "Howl", "Ghosts (Demo)", "Heavy In Your Arms", "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful", "Landscape (Demo)" and "Breaking Down".
    • Their cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", from Final Fantasy XV
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks / It's the Same, Now It Sucks : Some listeners are confused with the direction they take on their second album, Either it's too similar to selected tracks on their first record, or lack the variety of their first album and therefore sucks.
  • Uncanny Valley: In the "Spectrum" video, there appears to be a young girl version of Florence doing ballet. It rather looks like a real life Photoshop, and decidedly unnerving.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • It's easy to misconstrue her lyrics to having religious themes, as she often refers to Heaven, Hell, the devil, and angels.
    • "Drumming Song" is chock-full of sexual imagery, and religious imagery. The video even takes place in a church, and there's a case to be made that the backup dancers are angels. Or devils. Or just hallucinations.
    • Bedroom Hymns
    • The performance of "Shake It Out" on The X Factor used lots of religious imagery, from Florence's dress to the background to a gospel choir.
    • The music video for "No Light, No Light" takes it farther than "Drumming Song", using Christian, Voodoo, and Illuminati imagery.