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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British indie rock band features contributions from such artists as Thomas Bartlett, Jamie xx, Sampha, and Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu, and Kamasi Washington.
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Hunger
[Intro] Ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh [Verse 1] At seventeen, I started to starve myself I thought that love was a kind of emptiness And at least I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jul 2, 2018
    100
    The easiest and most likely path to continued success for Welch and company would have been to attempt to re-create the spellbinding magic of Ceremonials or the anthemic qualities of Lungs. High as Hope is neither, and that makes it hands down the most forward-thinking album of Florence and the Machine’s care
  2. Jul 2, 2018
    83
    A new level of vulnerability from Florence Welch and deft, atmospheric production from Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey) makes High As Hope another album of cathedral-filling, mountain-moving sound, with Welch’s vocals the main source of power.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    Stripped back and unapologetic, Florence Welch’s fourth record as Florence + the Machine carries a sense of nakedness never seen before--it’s self-aware, remorseless, and raw.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    75
    While there may be no obvious "stadium" moments here to compare with "Ship to Wreck" from 2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful or the massive "Shake It Out" from 2011's Ceremonials, aside, perhaps from recent single "Big God," this is a deep well of an album that demands repeated listens--the subtleties and intricacies revealing themselves satisfyingly and sometimes inspiringly as time goes on.
  5. Jul 11, 2018
    70
    By stripping everything back, it often ends up just being a distillation of their sound. The songs are familiar but frustratingly lack any colour or character.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    It gets a bit samey over the course of the record, but it’s effective, and the space around Welch’s mighty voice gives every nuance room to be heard.
  7. Jul 5, 2018
    57
    Welch sounds content and resigned, recollecting the stormy Saturdays of the past with a Sunday-morning penitent’s shrug and a born-again sigh. How small, how beige, how disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    All of the songs are perfectly slow burn yet it grows on you quite fast, Hunger, Sky Full Of Song, Big God, The End of Love, and Patricia areAll of the songs are perfectly slow burn yet it grows on you quite fast, Hunger, Sky Full Of Song, Big God, The End of Love, and Patricia are my highlights, especially that end of Patricia is super hopeful and beautiful. from banging drums to that beautiful string arrangement, just magnificent Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2018
    10
    Florence Welch and the Machine have created another masterpiece of Music! Her voice is beyond words the songs are like a spiritual experience.Florence Welch and the Machine have created another masterpiece of Music! Her voice is beyond words the songs are like a spiritual experience. My only complaint is that I want more, 3 years since 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' and we've only gotten 10 songs. Still, I'm incredibly happy with 'High as Hope' and it is a great example of 'quality not quantity'. Expand
  3. tcl
    Jun 29, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a comeback. What a masterpiece! The production, the songwriting, the arrangement, everything about this album is beautiful. Great job, Florence. She created another magnificent piece of art again! Expand
  4. May 19, 2019
    10
    A PERFECT ALBUM. Florence’s voice is perfect, the music is perfect, the lyrics are perfect. Everything is perfect. I love both Ceremonials andA PERFECT ALBUM. Florence’s voice is perfect, the music is perfect, the lyrics are perfect. Everything is perfect. I love both Ceremonials and High As Hope Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    O melhor álbum da carreira. Florence usa sua voz de um jeito magistral, suas composições são belas e profundas, os arranjos são de tirar oO melhor álbum da carreira. Florence usa sua voz de um jeito magistral, suas composições são belas e profundas, os arranjos são de tirar o fôlego. Excelente. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL, a mix of "Lungs" "Ceremonials" and "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful", beautiful lyrics and melodies; "High as Hope"PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL, a mix of "Lungs" "Ceremonials" and "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful", beautiful lyrics and melodies; "High as Hope" is the best return after three years. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2018
    6
    Not my favorite album by her, but it has some great moments. Big God is the greatest moment of the album.

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