Kate Bush’s strengths are ever-present in '50 Words For Snow': starkness is captured. When she wants to achieve that deafening silence of drifting snow, she does. Emotional veracity is represented, and lyrically she’s unmatched.
Florence and the Machine returns with an emotionally confrontational follow-up. Ceremonials is exciting and daunting, an utterly transcendent and exhausting listen. It shows us the future of pop, wild talent, and that “too much of a good thing” does exist.
As the album title would suggest, Strange Mercy deals in paradoxes and the unexpected; darling Disney-like sonics pair with amp-wrecking guitar, and Annie Clark's demure soprano goes from dainty to destructive, from syrupy to sneering.