Friday, November 04, 2011

Florence & The Machine -- What Coldplay Lacks in Passion, She More Than Makes Up For It

Florence & The Machine's new album -- "Ceremonials" -- immediately grabs you. And never lets go. "Shake It Out" gives chills. Stunning piece of work. I just texted my musical Svengali and partner-in-crime -- An Nguyen -- who is my brother's partner and oncologist extraordinaire and told him that Florence is the new Kate Bush. He texted back, "Totally. The love child of Kate Bush and Tori Amos." Precisely! Both of Florence's musical parents drove their music with passion and mystery -- THAT is Florence.

And, that takes me to Coldplay and its new album "Mylo Xyloto." What Florence's new album has in passion, Coldplay's new tunes lack it ... utterly. Sadly uninspired. Sadly going through the motions. Here is the link to my track-by-track review which ultimately gives it 2 starts out of 5 -- the band's low-point. And, that comes from me -- a long-time Coldplay fan.

While it took me a long time to warm up to Florence on her last album, I am now fully there. Meanwhile, Coldplay is falling fast on my charts ....

Watch This -- "On the Brink" of A Connected World -- 21 Minute Documentary

Watch it -- it is worth the 21 minute investment of time. Gets you thinking about how much has happened in just the past 15 years -- and how much more will happen in the next. And -- 1 out of 6 marriages now originate from online dating? Wow! That stat blew me away ...