Florence + the Machine: Dog Days are Over, note by Larry Eder




I am not sure what it is about this group, except that Florence Welch, aka Florence + the Machine, is one very talented, soulful women. Combining a range that suggests Laura Nyro, Julia Fordam, Grace Slick and Janis Joplin with a little Big Momma Thorton (listen to Hound Dog by Big Mamma Thorton and you will not listen to Elvis for awhile), Florence combines soul, rba and cosmic country rock. This video is as if Lewis Carroll was brought back from the dead, and was asked to do a video. I especially am fond of the two back up singers with the B-52 hairdos, and their dancing, is well, 60s Motown. (Remember Peter Gabriel in Genesis,
about Lamb Lies Down on Broadway era-well Florence has got that ouvre going...)

Florence + the Machine did SNL three weeks ago and were, stunning. The band is tremendous, and musicianship is impressive. Problem is, the chuckleheads at NBC decided to not include the two songs they did in the SNL rerun. Find them, worship them. And get a copy of Cosmic Love! I have joined the fan club and will soon ask Florence if I can have her children.

That's not too stalker is it, in this day and age?

I know, I will stick to track & field.....


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