(2012) Mtv Presents Unplugged: Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine

... read more2011's Ceremonials, which found Florence + the Machine expanding on their already expansive sound, helped to further propel the ghostly Brit into the spotlight, and on MTV Unplugged, she's come full circle, allowing fans a peek into the bombast while providing the aging, acoustic show with a little...

47′:45″ 11 Songs

1
Only If For A Night (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
5:07
2
Drumming Song (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:44
3
Cosmic Love (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
5:10
4
Breaking Down (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
3:18
5
Never Let Me Go (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:34
6
Try A Little Tenderness (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
3:04
7
No Light, No Light (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:13
8
Jackson (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
3:26
9
What The Water Gave Me (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:55
10
Dog Days Are Over (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:35
11
Shake It Out (Mtv Unplugged, 2012)
Florence + The Machine
4:39
Released 01 January 2012, ℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Review

2011's Ceremonials, which found Florence + the Machine expanding on their already expansive sound, helped to further propel the ghostly Brit into the spotlight, and on MTV Unplugged, she's come full circle, allowing fans a peek into the bombast while providing the aging, acoustic show with a little defibrillation. It's all well and good, with a solid set list that includes favorites from both records along with a pair of oddball covers, but Florence Welch's stadium-sized persona fights for air within the gothic confines of New York City's historic Angel Orensanz synagogue. You can really feel her holding back on reliable show stoppers like "Dog Days are Over," "Cosmic Love," and "Shake It Out," which is kind of the point for an unplugged session, but Welch's greatest strength is her ability to go from heartbreak to goose bumps without a bead of perspiration, and this well-played, technically sound set suffers a bit for its absence. That said, midtempo tracks like "Only If for a Night," "No Light, No Light," and "What the Water Gave Me," the latter of which finds Welch in full control of the room by the song's second half, are soulful, spooky, and bold, allowing room for both Welch and her machine to strut their stuff without sounding like a murder of caged crows. ~ James Christopher Monger