Track Review: Florence & The Machine, 'No Light, No Light'

72 Billboard Rating

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
"No Light, No Light" (4:35)
Producer: Paul Epworth
Writers: Florence Welch, Isabella Summers
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing
Universal Music Group

On "No Light, No Light," Florence + the Machine exudes strength through pulsating tribal drums, a choir-led chorus, and a brash bridge of electronica. A dramatic opening note on the single ushers in a drum crescendo, followed by a "Like A Prayer"-style interlude. Lyrically, however, the third epic single off new album "Ceremonials" tells a much different story, as is often the case with the U.K. alt-pop act. Frontwoman Florence Welch is on her knees, begging her lover not to go and poignantly declaring, "It's so easy to say it to a crowd, but it's so hard, my love, to say it to you out loud." While second "Ceremonials" single "Shake It Out" continues to rise on the Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts, fans willing to trade an anthemic chorus for lyrics that ring truer to Florence + The Machine's songwriting may find "No Light, No Light" to resonate more clearly.

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