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Just as nature blossoms to life during springtime, so do Florence + the Machine with their triumphant fifth album, Dance Fever. This vernal revival is patient to reveal its full scope, but once these songs settle in, it's a transformative journey that's spiritually on par with 2009's Lungs and 2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in emotional depth and uplifting power. At first glance of the title (and eyeing producers Jack Antonoff, Glass Animals' Dave Bayley, and Kid Harpoon), fans might expect a disco-kissed, dancefloor romp, but Dance Fever is more pure and pastoral in its interpretation of the titular movement: a primal act of ecstasy that takes inspiration from the choreomania phenomenon, where groups of people burst into dance frenzies to the point of exhaustion or injury. With that in mind, Florence Welch and company invite listeners to their sacred ceremony to find healing, empowerment, and catharsis through song and physical response ("Heaven Is Here" could conjure an entire army of spirits). The most immediate expressions come with "Free" and "My Love." The former track is an urgent, synths-and-guitar pop thrill that sounds like Antonoff's band Bleachers taking on an early-aughts Bloc Party or Strokes number, while the latter is one of the band's best singles, the closest this album comes to nailing the expected level of mainstream "dance" energy with its shimmering production, heaving beat, and festival-sized chorus. "Choreomania" percolates to life with Welch's confessional spoken word delivery and a sparse, skittering beat, slowly building to an explosive, euphoric end packed with strings, pounding percussion, and joyous cries of "I just keep spinning and I dance myself to death." "Cassandra" is similarly rapturous, swelling with church organs and Welch's trilling vocals that recalls the dramatics of Ceremonials. The shiver-inducing "Daffodil" follows a similar route, a showstopping highlight that sways and stomps with cinematic might, clattering to a close with a cacophony of drums and heaving breaths. Meanwhile, the bold "King," the threatening harps-and-horns "Girls Against God," and the seething "Dream Girl Evil" empower with some of the strongest lyrics and personal insight on the album. While this effort may not be Welch's surprise transformation into a full-on pop diva, Dance Fever is a generous offering to the goddesses of dance and restorative energy.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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1
King
00:04:40

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass, Mellotron, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Engineer, Synthesizer, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Hawk, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Gautier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Free
00:03:54

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Byers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Bells, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Bass, Mellotron, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Guitar, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Hawk, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Gautier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Choreomania
00:03:33

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Byers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bartlett, Producer, Percussion, Piano, Additional Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Bells, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass, Mellotron, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, ComposerLyricist - Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Smith, Engineer, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Hawk, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Gautier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Back In Town
00:03:55

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Byers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bartlett, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Piano, Bass, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Hawk, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Gautier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Girls Against God
00:04:40

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Organ, Bass, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maggie Rogers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bayley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Evan Smith, Engineer, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan Searl, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Dream Girl Evil
00:03:47

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sally Herbert, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Brown, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Burton, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Pearce, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Bartlett, Producer, Additional Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Piano, Bass, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Auckland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maggie Rogers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bayley, Producer, Bells, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Loveland, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Prayer Factory
00:01:13

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - David Hart, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mikey Freedom Hart, Acoustic Guitar, Viola, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Sergeant, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Cassandra
00:04:17

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Bass, Synthesizer, Tubular Bells, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Harpoon, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeremy Hatcher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Loveland, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Heaven Is Here
00:01:51

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Mixer, Tubular Bells, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Harpoon, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hatcher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Daffodil
00:03:34

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duncan Fuller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ben Loveland, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
My Love
00:03:51

Rick Koster, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard George, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Haynes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kate Robinson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Sweeney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ben Loveland, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Restraint
00:00:47

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Harpoon, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Claude Vause, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Guitar, Organ, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
The Bomb
00:02:44

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pat Dillett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Bartlett, Producer, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amy Sergeant, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Morning Elvis
00:04:22

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Wrench, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Laura Sisk, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Rooney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Antonoff, Producer, Additional Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Mellotron, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mikey Freedom Hart, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel, Falsettist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Hall, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Loveland, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lauren Marquez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Snyder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Cassandra (Acoustic)
00:04:06

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Kid Harpoon, ComposerLyricist - Billy Halliday, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Free (Acoustic)
00:04:03

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jack Antonoff, ComposerLyricist - Billy Halliday, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Morning Elvis (Acoustic)
00:03:52

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Pearce, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, ComposerLyricist - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
My Love (Acoustic)
00:03:29

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Moth, String Arranger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Bayley, ComposerLyricist - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Search And Destroy
00:04:05

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Quinnell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Osterberg Jr., ComposerLyricist - James Williamson, ComposerLyricist - Leo Abrahams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wiggins, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Pearce, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Halliday, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Pinfield-Wells, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Just as nature blossoms to life during springtime, so do Florence + the Machine with their triumphant fifth album, Dance Fever. This vernal revival is patient to reveal its full scope, but once these songs settle in, it's a transformative journey that's spiritually on par with 2009's Lungs and 2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in emotional depth and uplifting power. At first glance of the title (and eyeing producers Jack Antonoff, Glass Animals' Dave Bayley, and Kid Harpoon), fans might expect a disco-kissed, dancefloor romp, but Dance Fever is more pure and pastoral in its interpretation of the titular movement: a primal act of ecstasy that takes inspiration from the choreomania phenomenon, where groups of people burst into dance frenzies to the point of exhaustion or injury. With that in mind, Florence Welch and company invite listeners to their sacred ceremony to find healing, empowerment, and catharsis through song and physical response ("Heaven Is Here" could conjure an entire army of spirits). The most immediate expressions come with "Free" and "My Love." The former track is an urgent, synths-and-guitar pop thrill that sounds like Antonoff's band Bleachers taking on an early-aughts Bloc Party or Strokes number, while the latter is one of the band's best singles, the closest this album comes to nailing the expected level of mainstream "dance" energy with its shimmering production, heaving beat, and festival-sized chorus. "Choreomania" percolates to life with Welch's confessional spoken word delivery and a sparse, skittering beat, slowly building to an explosive, euphoric end packed with strings, pounding percussion, and joyous cries of "I just keep spinning and I dance myself to death." "Cassandra" is similarly rapturous, swelling with church organs and Welch's trilling vocals that recalls the dramatics of Ceremonials. The shiver-inducing "Daffodil" follows a similar route, a showstopping highlight that sways and stomps with cinematic might, clattering to a close with a cacophony of drums and heaving breaths. Meanwhile, the bold "King," the threatening harps-and-horns "Girls Against God," and the seething "Dream Girl Evil" empower with some of the strongest lyrics and personal insight on the album. While this effort may not be Welch's surprise transformation into a full-on pop diva, Dance Fever is a generous offering to the goddesses of dance and restorative energy.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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