Track Review: Florence & The Machine, 'What The Water Gave Me'

4.5

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
What The Water Gave Me (5:32)
Producer: Paul Epworth
Writer: Florence Welch, Francis "Eg" White
Publisher: Not Listed
Label: Universal Island

"What The Water Gave Me," the first look at Florence & The Machine's sophomore album, "Ceremonials," sounds like nothing else on mainstream radio today. However, like the band's surprise crossover hit "Dog Days Are Over," there is a familiar structure in place that makes the choruses hit hard and pop fans hit the replay button. After building up for over three minutes, Welch begins wailing over the amalgamation of her Machine's harps and percussion. The lyrics ("Be the overflow/Pockets full of stones," Welch sings) eerily allude to Virginia Woolf's drowning, while the song shares its title with an abstract Frida Khalo painting. Clearly, Florence & The Machine is trying to inject some culture into its comeback single - luckily for the listener, the unstoppable hook is all the group really needed to stave off a sophomore slump.

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