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Machine remains finely tuned

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By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / November 1, 2011

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On ”Ceremonials’’ - the follow-up to Florence + the Machine’s 2009’s breakthrough album “Lungs’’ - Florence Welch refines her balance of brassy bravado and quiet contemplation. From the soul-inflected ”Lover to Lover” with its bright handclaps and insistent piano chords to the rippling, ghostly anthem ”What the Water Gave,” Welch offers a sumptuous, energizing experience that runs the gamut from ecstasy to fury and favorably evokes forebears like Annie Lennox and Sinead O’Connor and current peers like Adele.

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