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Pop Maths #4

Florence + the Machine + monster album + new track = standard album rerelease


It's been 16 months since the ubiquitous and opinion polarising Florence Welch released her debut album Lungs to instant critical acclaim, and something ridiculous like 29 months since the release of its lead single Kiss With a Fist - don't make us work it out the figures exactly. Naturally, we were always better at English than maths.

But for the Flo-bsessives (eew, sorry, that pun doesn't really work does it?) out there, the wait is almost over. Just in time for Christmas, the firey-haired poet's back back back with a new album and a new single...oh wait. It's just a rerelease. Hmm.

If there's one thing more opinion-polarising than Florence herself, it's the concept of the rerelease. On the one hand, it's nice that she's not churning out albums year on year like some massive artless factory (and let's face it, enough of her vapid, greedy, talentless contemporaries are more than guilty of this - you know who you are), and that she's giving what is in fact a remarkable album the long and healthy life it deserves.

On the other, this isn't so much a Gaga two-for-the-price-of-one Monster package affair; it's essentially the same album with some standard remixes and the Dizzee duet (that at this point has been so overplayed we'd sooner bash our heads on our desks than listen to it again) attached. We're not entirely sure what we're debating here...the expression 'milking a cow for all it's worth' springs to mind, but we won't officially use it for two reasons. The first: she looks a bit like a milkmaid in our selected picture so that'd be a bit mean. The second: the validity of the release is redeemed by the inclusion of one new track, Heavy in Your Arms.

It's momentous. A typically rousing, foreboding affair which will instantly remind you of why you adored the woman in the first place. Good to see she's still got that penchant for stalkery, fanatical love too, à la Winehouse. Look at this natty, mental lyricism:

This will be my last confession
"I love you" never felt like any blessing
Whisper it like it's a secret
Uttered to condemn the one who hears it



See, she's clearly a few strawberries short of a punnet (we'll hold our hands up and admit we stole that pun from last night's episode of Desperate Housewives *hangs head*), but that's why we love her.

Not wanting to add fuel to a possible fire that Ms Welch is selling out, we've neglected to mention until now that the song's been available for months on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. Which kinda sucks, but a girl's gotta make a buck.

When all's said and done, we wish Florence the best of luck when the album drops on 15 November - we hope it's as bedazzling as Samantha Mumba's rerelease almost a decade ago, which gifted the world with a reworked version of Come On Over. LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 2001.


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