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High As Hope

2018, 10 tracks, 41 mins 44 sec


May 17, 2019

High As Hope by Florence and the Machine, a trip inside

I do not know if the fans of Florence + the Machine have received this record as they did with all the previous ones - I understand that the places of popularity are very good, but sometimes this is a matter of inertia due to the success of the previous works, or because you have a good marketing strategy. Speaking of the effect of this album only, it seems that, with the possibilities that now have to buy only the songs you like and discard the others that you are not passionate, put together track lists for different occasions and moods, the album could well be separated by the users so as not to have to listen to it completely. And not because it's bad, but because it's hard to listen to it completely, that's all. In fact, if you are not a fan of the band, I recommend that you approach this way, part by part and not try to digest everything at the same time. Because on this occasion, Florence Welch, singer, and composer of the band, makes an inward journey. It seems to me that past successes have hit her hard and left a mark on her that can not necessarily be translated as positive, although yes as a teaching of life. That said, the songs on almost the entire album could not have been written with sticky, festive or explosive rhythms to listen to anywhere. This is rather something to share between the composer and you, but nobody else, although in some cases even that does not happen. Something that exemplifies very well the latter is the song, "South London Forever", only who has been there, lives there and perhaps found Florence in those times and lived with her in those bars, can understand and assimilate all that melancholy. It is not an issue for everyone, however much we want to give it a universal interpretation, it is something very personal. I think I've found the point I want to convey, the reason for being of this album is a very personal situation of the artist that has been presented to her audience. It's like when a painter exhibits his last painting, we are not inside the painting, we only contemplate it. Like it or not, it's a very personal decision and the painter decided to take that risk. That said, personally "High As Hope" does not raise my hope, it takes it away from me. I remember some time ago I asked a Scottish friend what he thought about the fact that Coldplay had taken almost 10 years to get a number one in the UK; where the band is from, and their response was a real lesson for me: if the countries of the United Kingdom are among the first places in the world to have a depressive population (Scotland in the first place), why should we want a band that depresses us more? In fact, the first number one of the band in their own land was "Viva la Vida" a song that cheers and makes the listener happy, it does not make them sad. And he was right, that's why I increasingly appreciate light music, because of her ability to give us a bit of happiness. We have enough problems to buy the problems of others. And that is the risk Florence and the Machine took when deciding to put all these issues together. Probably the only song that gives meaning to the whole album is "Hunger"; the rest of the topics, being very good, should be treated with care or it is possible that they drag you.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio




Album Info

"High As Hope"


  • Jun 29, 2018


  • Folk