Average User Score: tbdJun 11, 2011This album was a lot of fun, but if you've never heard the artist before, go pick up "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" first. That being said, AFP delivers on a lot of fronts consistently. The album has a wide variation of styles, but each song is solid. About half of the the album is for funsies (Ex. Vegemite (The Black Death)), the other half is slightly more serious/contemplative (On an Unknown Beach), but it is all experimental. There's a ton of collaboration in this album. The lyrics are well composed, and just the right amounts of pre-song banter were put in to make the listener feel right at home without making you wait 5 minutes just to hear the song. If I had to nitpick this album, I would say that some of the songs felt less polished than usual (coughcoughDoctorOzcough), and the album doesn't seem to pull itself into a cohesive whole very well. That said, this album isn't just about the music. It's about how the music was made. :) Viva la Revolucion!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Jun 11, 2011Get this album if you like: albums that sound like one big piece instead of 12 little ones, songs about feelings, lyrics you have to think about to understand fully, or having hope that everything will be okay.
Do not get this album if: you like catchy music; you don't like listening to the same album a million times; you want your album to have a lot of variation in style; you just want to dance.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Jun 11, 2011(TLDR: This album just needs a little more attention than most, but if you love it it will reward you.) This is a pretty solid album and if you haven't seen the videos, go do it now. (Esp. Drumming Song and Cosmic Love) Florence and the Machine takes a rarely seen approach to composition: in many of her songs, drums are the main interaction with the vocals. Yes, there are other instruments, but in most cases the basic skeleton doesn't require them. On top of which, Miss Welsh has a powerful voice, so it's really that the drums are the *only* instrument that could keep up with her. The album is also strong lyrically, especially with the delicate art of never overstating your point. If I absolutely had to nitpick this album I would say it had two downsides. The first is that the album is *high energy* the whole way through. There are some slow-ER songs, but nothing to give reprieve from the tiring pace. Unfortunately, this means that if you listen to albums as a whole composition (as you should with any album), you may completely overlook some of the middle of the album songs (Ex. Howl, Between Two Lungs) The second small issue is that sometimes it is difficult to make out the words. However! There is a very simple solution to both of these problems: make as many mixtapes as you possibly can. Put the songs in different contexts, include a lyric book for your chosen loved one (or victim) and leave them to cry their feelings out while driving down the highway, courtesy of one very attractive British redhead and you.… Expand